Revision History of the ASD Rules to Protect the Privacy of Australians

ASD periodically revises its Rules to Protect the Privacy of Australians (Privacy Rules).

The Privacy Rules are made in accordance with section 15 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001

The Privacy Rules continue to ensure that ASD preserves the privacy of Australian people consistent with the performance of ASD functions.

2021 Revisions to the ASD Rules to Protect the Privacy of Australians

What has changed?

The remade Privacy Rules are identical to the version signed by the former Minister on 13 November 2020, apart from now being in the name of the current Minister.

2020 Revisions to the ASD Rules to Protect the Privacy of Australians

What has changed?

Throughout the new Privacy Rules, the agency name of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) have been updated.

ASD has included a definition of ‘intelligence information’ as defined in the Intelligence Services Act 2001 to clearly identify the scope of information the Privacy Rules cover.

A new sub-paragraph has been added to rule 3.2. This change confirms that ASD is permitted to obtain and communicate intelligence information concerning an Australian person where consent is given by that person. 

The Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) and Office of National Intelligence (ONI) have been added to rule 3.3 as agencies that ASD is permitted to communicate information concerning an Australian person where it relates, or appears to relate, to the performance of those agencies’ functions. This proposed change is consistent with the role of ASD as a collection agency in providing intelligence as input for DIO and ONI assessments for government. ASD is permitted to share intelligence information with DIO and ONI in accordance with the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

Other grammatical improvements and the addition of references to relevant sections of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 were made in rule 3.2 and 4.1.