The sweep involved the OAIC reviewing the content of almost 50 of the most popular websites in Australia. Results were measured against the new reforms to the Privacy Act that comes into effect on 12 March 2014. The privacy policies were evaluated on readability, relevance and accessibility.
On announcing the results, the Privacy Commissioner Mr Timothy Pilgrim expressed concern that 83% of the sites had one or more issues in the following areas: 'easy to find', 'easy to read', 'contacts for further information', 'relevance and length'. The Commissioner also noted that overall policies were too long, complex and difficult for people to understand.
Further details about the results of the Privacy Commissioner’s sweep can be found on OAIC's website.
Harold O’Brien, Sydney (North Ryde) +61 2 9804 5753 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Thompson, Melbourne +61 3 8602 9252 email@example.com
Richard Williams, Melbourne +61 38602 9218 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenton James, Adelaide +61 8 8414 3347 email@example.com