With the new privacy and data breaches scheme coming into effect in Australia today (Thursday 22nd February), Best Practice Software CEO Frank Pyefinch believes it is more important than ever for Practices to make sure they properly secure their data.
“At Best Practice we take data security very seriously and urge Practices using our software to do the same” Dr Pyefinch said.
The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme under Part IIIC of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) has established requirements for entities in responding to data breaches.
Practices will now have data breach notification obligations, when a data breach is likely to result in serious harm to any individuals whose personal information is involved in the breach.
The NDB scheme only applies to data breaches involving personal information that are likely to result in serious harm to any individual affected. These are referred to as ‘eligible data breaches’.
To ensure your practice is prepared, Bp recommends taking 3 simple steps.
- Set up passwords with a high level of security
- Ensure the correct permissions have been set up within your practice
- Perform regular backups and updates to your software
“It is important that passwords are secure and the correct permissions are in place” Dr Pyefinch said. “The other important way that Practices can make sure data is not lost is to do regular back ups. If your data is regularly backed up then it should be secure”.
For more information on the changes follow the link: https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy-law/privacy-act/notifiable-data-breaches-scheme