Australian data protection authority releases guidelines on privacy in the workplace in context of COVID-19 pandemic

According to ZDNet, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has advised employers in Australia to comply with their obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 when handling personal information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The OAIC advises organisations should aim to limit the collection, use and disclosure of personal information to what is necessary to prevent and manage COVID-19. Only the minimum amount of personal information reasonably necessary to prevent or manage COVID-19 should be collected, used or disclosed. Also, employers should ensure reasonable steps are in place to keep personal information secure, including where employees are working remotely.