Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • explain eProfessionalism and how it will help you in the workplace
  • help you understand the difference between eProfessionalism and professionalism
  • explore the different facets of being an eProfessional
  • explore some of the legal, ethical and organisational constraints to recording and sharing images.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • know what is meant by eProfessionalism
  • build your online presence as an eProfessional
  • understand the legal, ethical and organisational rules around image-sharing.

6. Privacy

The definition of digital privacy covers three categories:

  • Information privacy – covers how personally identifiable information is collected and used.
  • Communication privacy – covers that individuals have an expectation that their online communications are secure.
  • Individual privacy – covers that individuals can choose the types of information they are exposed to rather than seeing unwanted information.

There is more about privacy in the Digital wellbeing and privacy module.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner introduced the Privacy Act 1988 to promote and protect the privacy of individuals.

The Privacy Act includes 13 Australian Privacy Principles, which apply to some private sector organisations, as well as most Australian Government agencies.

Government agencies usually provide statements of privacy covering individuals and organisations. For example, Services Australia has a comprehensive website with information for individuals and organisations.

  • Information for individuals covers Families, parents, job seekers, older Australians, your health and much more under each subheading.
  • Information for organisations covers business, health professionals, community with more information under each subheading.

Anything relating to children’s information, be it health or education, is bound by government legal obligations e.g. Queensland Government agencies, including Queensland Schools, are subject to the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). The Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) protects the personal information of children in the child protection system.

The Code of Ethics for Teachers in Queensland outlines the importance of respecting confidentiality.

The Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics part 5.2.4 deals with information privacy/confidentiality.

Privacy for Indigenous-related information

Indigenous related information is also covered by confidentiality and privacy regulations.

Duration:   Approximately 35 minutes

Graduate attributes

Knowledge and skills you can gain to contribute to your Graduate attributes:

 Effective communication Effective communication

 Critical judgement

  Ethical and social understanding

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