What happens if I sell my small business including a customer database?
- it has the consent of the individuals concerned before the sale is made; or
- the sale of personal information is required or authorised by law.
A sale of business is not trading in personal information, and the business will not have to comply with the Privacy Act, if the sale involves a change of ownership, or a sale of shares, of the business but the personal information is kept within the business. In this case, the business may have new shareholders, but the business itself has not given the personal information to anyone outside the business.
For more information on whether or not your small business is exempt from the Privacy Act see Privacy Checklist for Small Business 2002 and Information Sheet 16-2002: Application of key NPPs to due diligence and completion when buying and selling a business.