COVID-19: The duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential

The Australian Information Access Commissioners join with their international counterparts in their clear call for documentation, preservation and access to information as governments, businesses and citizens deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement has been released by International Conference of Information Commissioners and aligned organisations to recognise and promote sound information management practices as part of Information Awareness Month.

The statement calls for three mandatory actions:

  1. Decisions must be documented
  2. Records and data should be secured and preserved in all sectors
  3. The security, preservation and access to digital content should be facilitated during the shutdown