Time to review privacy practices

It’s Privacy Awareness Week, and the Guild has highlighted a suite of resources it has developed with the PSA

This week (May 14-20) the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is celebrating 30 years since the introduction of the Australian Privacy Act 1988.

“The protection of personal information has never been more relevant,” says the Office.

“Since its conception, the Privacy Act 1988 has continued to evolve and has seen such initiatives as the introduction of the Australian Privacy Principles, the registration of the Credit Reporting Code and the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme – to name just a few.”

The Guild says that Privacy Awareness Week is always an opportune time to review privacy practices, including privacy aspects around pharmacies’ Pharmacy Data Supply Agreements.

“A PDSA is a legal agreement between a pharmacy and an information services company for the collection (via data extraction) and use of pharmacy data,” the Guild says in this week’s edition of Forefront.

“The agreement documents the relationship between the pharmacy and the information services company, which data components and elements are to be supplied, how they are supplied (i.e. via data extraction) and how the data may be used.

“Compliance with Australian privacy legislation should be the first consideration for a pharmacy that is considering entering into a PDSA.

“It is important to ensure the pharmacy is dealing with a reputable company and one that has an established record of operating in the Australian privacy legislation environment.

“It is also important for the pharmacy to reach a common understanding with the company about the purpose and expected benefits of the data and the data supply arrangement.”

The Guild highlighted resourses aimed at helping members in their assessment and management of their PDSA here; and resources it has developed with PSA to help assist Guild member pharmacies with their privacy obligations.

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