Privacy law is complex, confusing and continues to change at a rapid rate. It also affects almost every organisation in Australia and the regulatory landscape is continually evolving. Clayton Utz's privacy lawyers are experienced and practical privacy specialists, advising in this area for many years on the full range of privacy issues which can arise for Australian and international clients, in both the public and private sectors.

Our specialist team of privacy lawyers understands that privacy is one part of a broader web of legal, commercial and social considerations that impact on our clients' businesses. We work with clients as a team, combining our knowledge and experience of the law with our clients' knowledge and experience of their organisations and the industry or sector in which they operate.

Our practical and clear advice helps clients - including those from retail, financial services, marketing and advertising, leisure and entertainment, manufacturing, transport, communications, energy and utilities, education, health, emergency services and human resources - deal with privacy law issues arising from their business activities.

Our advice includes:

  • the developing tort of privacy;
  • the impact on marketing activities of privacy laws, the Spam Act and the Do Not Call Register regime;
  • advice on general privacy issues such as database creation and management, mergers and acquisitions (including due diligence, completion and integration of acquired databases into existing business structures), trans-border data flows of personal information, and electronic authentication and verification;
  • privacy obligations of handling health and other sensitive information, workplace surveillance and surveillance devices legislation;
  • privacy compliance audits and polices; and
  • privacy impact assessments.

Our team's experience in the financial services sector includes advising on tax file number requirements, credit reporting and duties of customer confidentiality and the privacy aspects of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) legislation.

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