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Privacy and sharing information about family violence

From 26 February 2018, prescribed information sharing entities will be exempted from Information Privacy Principles 1.

From 26 February 2018, prescribed information sharing entities will be exempted from Information Privacy Principles 1.4, 1.5 and 10.1 where the person of concern or who is alleged to pose a risk to committing family violence. This enables these entities to collect information from other sources. They will not need to collect information directly from the person of concern. These entities will also be able to collect sensitive information (such as about their criminal record, religious or philosophical beliefs or ethnic origin) from a person of concern without getting their consent if the primary person (in need of protection from family violence) is a child.

The need for an 'imminent threat' has been removed from a number of privacy principles requiring that the threat need only be serious.

See s. 15A—Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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