Privacy: it's all about you
Are you aware of your privacy rights as an individual? Do you know that you have a responsibility to protect the privacy of others when handling information?
The University collects and holds information about staff and students in order to carry out our functions. We are committed to protecting and maintaining the privacy of your personal and health information and have a Privacy Management Plan to ensure our compliance under Privacy legislation.
However, it is important for you to be aware of your privacy rights and responsibilities as privacy laws do not prevent the legitimate flows of information necessary for University operations.
Privacy Awareness Week is 29 April - 5 May 2012 and provides the perfect opportunity to brush up on your privacy knowledge. Register now for privacy workshop via HRonline.
In the meantime, here are some important privacy principles:
- Collect only the information you need
- Advise people why you need the information and how it will be used and disclosed
- Use and disclose information for the primary purpose of collection unless the person consents or an exemption applies
- Take steps to ensure the quality of the information
- Secure the information collected
Who has access to your work computer?
Before you go out to lunch or duck off for your next meeting, take a couple of seconds to lock your computer.
By hitting 'Alt/Ctrl/Delete' simultaneously you can lock your computer and will prevent unauthorised people accessing your files and email. Even if you are leaving your desk for five minutes, it's important to take this precaution. You will not only be protecting your privacy, but also the privacy of others.