Find out how to protect personal information online

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As technology becomes an increasing part of our everyday it's important to know how to protect your personal information online.
As technology becomes an increasing part of our lives it's important to protect your personal information online.

Protecting your personal information is becoming increasingly difficult in the minefield that is online shopping and e-services.

Bundaberg Region residents can have their questions answered when the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) hosts a community engagement session later this month.

OIC staff will host the session at the Bundaberg Regional Council service centre from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday, 29 May.

They will be available to speak with residents and answer questions about privacy rights in Queensland. It's also an opportunity to get some practical tips on how individuals can protect themselves online.

Staff from Council will also be available to answer questions about how they protect and respect personal information.

Privacy Commissioner Phil Green said in a digital and connected world the protection of personal information needs to form part of our daily routine.

“We need to think about how we can better protect our personal information and the personal information of others,” Mr Green said.

“One way to do this is by building privacy into our everyday — know your privacy rights, know your privacy responsibilities and act accordingly.”

This session is part of OIC’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) campaign launched on 13 May at the University of the Sunshine Coast which reminds Queenslanders about their privacy rights and responsibilities.

The theme for PAW 2019 is ‘build privacy into your everyday' and forms part of the overarching theme focused on biometrics, data, de-identification and re-identification.

Tips to protect personal information online:

Think before you click — be wary of unknown links and always verify ‘sender' and ‘reply to' email addresses are legitimate.

Connect with care — protect your privacy on public WiFi networks. Use websites secured with HTTPS wherever possible.

Attend the session

Where: Bundaberg Regional Council service centre, 190 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg.
When: Wednesday, 29 May from 1pm to 3pm.

For more information about privacy rights in Queensland visit www.oic.qld.gov.au

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