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Transparency and Choice: Collect in a lawful and fair manner

Agencies need to ensure their actions are fair and reasonable when they collect people’s information.

Collecting information in a lawful manner

While the Data Protection and Use Policy (DPUP) focuses on respect, trust and transparency, when it comes to the actual collection of personal information, the Privacy Act 2020’s information privacy principle 4 (IPP4) — Manner of collection, requires agencies to collect the information by means that are lawful, fair and do not intrude to an unreasonable extent on the personal affairs of the people concerned.

IPP4 also emphasises that particular care is needed when collecting personal information from children and young people.

IPP4: Manner of collection of personal information — Office of the Privacy Commissioner

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