APA Compliance

Pandectes GDPR Compliance helps Shopify Stores comply with the Australian Privacy Act (APA) by scanning them and identifying the cookies and tracking technologies in use. The scan generates a report that classifies these technologies based on regulatory guidelines and provides options for updates to ensure compliance with the APA.
The #1 cookie consent app for Shopify, trusted by 125k stores

What is APA?

The Australian Privacy Act (APA) is Australia’s national data protection legislation. It was first enacted in 1988 and has been amended several times to address emerging privacy concerns. The APA aims to protect the personal information of individuals by regulating the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data by organizations. It establishes principles such as obtaining consent for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, providing individuals with access to their personal information, and protecting personal information through appropriate security measures. The APA applies to all organizations that handle personal information, including both public and private sector organizations. Under the APA, organizations are required to appoint a privacy officer, take necessary measures for personal information protection, establish a privacy management framework, and report to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) when a data breach occurs.

Who does the APA apply to?

The APA applies to personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed within Australia, as well as personal information that is transferred from Australia to other countries.

What happens if I don't comply with the APA?

Failing to comply with the Australian Privacy Act (APA) can result in various penalties and enforcement actions. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), which is responsible for enforcing the APA, has the power to impose administrative fines for non-compliance. The fines can be significant, depending on the severity and nature of the violation. In addition to fines, the OAIC can also impose other penalties, such as ordering companies to stop processing personal data, requiring companies to rectify non-compliance, and issuing reprimands. The OAIC can also issue improvement orders or suspension of business orders to organizations that fail to comply with the APA. In some cases, non-compliance with the APA can also result in legal action being taken against a company by individuals whose personal data has been affected. It’s important to note that APA compliance is not only about avoiding fines and penalties, but also about protecting people’s personal information and respecting their rights.

When will the APA go into effect?

The Australian Privacy Act (APA) was first enacted in 1988 and came into effect on January 1st, 1989. However, it has been amended several times, with significant amendments coming into effect in 2014 and subsequent updates addressing emerging privacy concerns.

Complying with the APA

The Australian Privacy Act (APA) is Australia’s national data protection legislation. As businesses operate across multiple jurisdictions, it becomes increasingly difficult to navigate and adhere to the intricate network of international data privacy laws.

Maintaining compliance begins with staying informed about the evolving legislation that may impact your company. Keeping track of these laws as they progress through national legislatures is essential. Subscribing to relevant newsletters and resources can be helpful.

When a new law is enacted but not yet in effect, it is advisable to review its text in collaboration with legal counsel. They can assess your compliance status and provide guidance on necessary actions.

To streamline the data compliance process, consider utilizing a Consent Management Platform (CMP) like Pandectes GDPR Compliance. A CMP relieves the burden on your team by offering customizable consent management, automation of data subject access requests, and tools for cookie & vendor management. Pandectes GDPR Compliance is specifically designed for Shopify Stores and is ready to assist you in achieving and maintaining compliance within the ever-changing landscape of data privacy.

Make your Shopify Store's use of cookies and online tracking compliant today
Scroll to Top