Privacy & the ATO

Following on from recent changes to Australian privacy laws, the ATO is reminding taxpayers that their privacy and the information they provide, is well protected.

These new law reforms continue to protect personal information and also require Government agencies, such as the ATO to be more transparent about the handling of personal information when it is collected.

The ATO’s Senior Legal Counsel, Jonathan Todd, says the ATO only collects information it needs to administer the tax and superannuation system, the Australian Business Register and in its role as an employer.

“Our systems have robust safeguards protecting the information from loss or unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure. When that information is no longer required, it’s destroyed or deleted from our systems in a very secure manner,” Mr Todd said.

See the ATO’s privacy policy for details on how they collect, hold, use and disclose personal information.