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Take charge of privacy for Privacy Awareness Week

YOU wouldn't leave your personal information lying around for everyone to see, so why would you give your name, date of birth and credit card number to someone if you're not sure how it will be kept safe?

This week is Privacy Awareness Week and Queensland's acting Privacy Commissioner Clare Smith is urging Bundaberg residents to take charge of their privacy.

"To avoid potential dangers, such as identity theft or credit card fraud, we're urging people to think before they share personal information," Ms Smith said.

"Your personal information is a valuable asset and you can protect it by following a few simple steps."

The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has produced a checklist for people to use to ensure they know what questions to ask before sharing personal information with government agencies or businesses.

It also helps you to make sense of the agency privacy statement or policy before you click on the "I accept" or "I agree" button.

"Once you have the answers, you can then make informed choices about whether you interact with an organisation, or what information you provide, based on how your personal information is handled," Ms Smith said.

OIC has a comprehensive library of privacy resources at http://www.oic.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  fraud, identity theft, privacy



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