Monday, June 22, 2015

Office of Information and Privacy Commission claim that Australian Security Investigation Organization is above the law.

Dear George

Thank you for your emails and letters about the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (the OAIC) is unable to assist you with your concerns in this instance. This is because ASIO is exempt from both the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act) and the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act).

This means that the OAIC does not have the jurisdiction to consider complaints about ASIO, as that agency is not covered by the Privacy Act or the FOI Act.

I am sorry that we are unable to assist you further in this instance. If you have any further enquiries, please contact the OAIC Enquiries line on 1300 363 992.

About us
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (the OAIC) regulates the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) which sets out the manner in which Australian and Norfolk Island government agencies, and many private sector organisations, handle personal information. We are also responsible for handling privacy complaints about ACT Government agencies.

For further information, please visit our website.

Yours sincerely

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

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