You might have noticed that many business websites now contain a privacy policy. As most websites contain a contact form or an online store you may want to consider having a privacy policy on your website that lets customers know how you deal with their personal information submitted when they use your website to communicate with you.

There is no requirement to have a privacy policy on a site but most businesses decide that it is a simple way to comply with the requirements of Australian Privacy Principle No. 1.

Basically, the purpose of a privacy policy is to simply explain to customers and potential customers how you manage their personal information. There is no template for a privacy policy that you must follow.

We have a basic privacy policy on our website that can be used as a guide – see this link:

With the EU’s new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect this month, addressing the protection of information that is collected and stored on a website, some Australian website owners are being asked by their customers to make sure that they’re going to meet the GDPR, because it’s simply seen as almost a de facto, new global standard.

If you think you should have a privacy policy on your website we would be happy to assist in creating one on your behalf.

New eBook Launched have published the ebook version of Takeaway – the Sale of the Government Printing Office which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first Government Asset Sale in New Zealand when on January 24, 1990, the Crown and Graeme Hart of the Rank Group signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Government Printing Office that was to come into effect on January 31, 1990.

The signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement was the beginning of the end of a poorly conceived sale process that was drawn out over two years. But even following the signing of the agreement it took a further 10 months before the Crown were able to fully complete their obligations which would allow Rank full management of the business. But the Agreement signed on January 24 allowed for the Rank Group to take all the profits of the business even though they had only paid a small deposit and during that time the GPO sales turnover was more than the profit the Government made on the sale of this business asset.

To make matters worse for the Crown, Rank managed to get out of paying any interest on the balance of the money owing when they offered to help finalise issues that the government departments and consultants responsible were having. This amounted to Rank saving a further $1.5 million. Rank also were able to save over $2 million off their original bid for the business following an audit after the sale. The purchase of this Government asset was the springboard that was to launch Rank into the country’s wealthiest investment business that 30 years on is worth more than the national debt reduction the assets sales programme was supposed to achieve.

Takeaway – The sale of The Government Printing Office revisits the GPO in the 1980s of change and looks at what went wrong with the sale process and the effects and aftermath the sale created for the business, that years later triggered a Commission of Inquiry due to the very poor sale result that was less than the cost of the sale process itself and led to a profitable printing, publishing and stationery business being sold for much less than it was worth.

Available now as an ebook.

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