Prepare for Privacy Act changes

THE Australian Institute of Management, in conjunction with Gadens Lawyers, is holding a breakfast presentation on the looming changes to the Privacy Act and how they can affect business owners next week.

Guest speakers are IT and procurement law specialists Katrina Chambers and Andrew Hynd.

Ms Chambers said the impending changes to the Privacy Act, which come in on March 12, could be costly to business owners who breach them.

"There are major changes coming in terms of the powers the office of the Australian Information Commissioner will have, including the imposition of substantial penalties of up to $1.7 million for serious or repeat offenders of the Privacy Act," she said.

"For example, there will be limitations in terms of use and disclosure of personal information for direct digital marketing.

"That includes maintaining personal security information in databases and any information that potentially identifies an individual either by, names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers and or email addresses."

Mr Hynd will discuss cloud computing, addressing key considerations when contracting for services in this niche area, as well as privacy and data security issues.

Where and when

The presentation is at Mantra Mooloolaba, on February 27, 6.45am for 7am - 8.45am.

Tickets cost $66 for non-AIM members, $44 for AIM members.

Phone 1300 882 895 or visit