September 2, 2015
Following from my earlier post yesterday about Fortesque using drones in the Pilbara Itnews reports in Rio Tinto to lean more heavily on drones on Rio Tinto’s use of drones beyond mine monitoring into its wider operations such as inspection of infrastructure. It is also contemplating using drones for Read the rest of this entry »
September 1, 2015
Damages for privacy related breaches is a vexed issue. What is the loss is often raised by defendants even if the breach is established. The measure of damages is an area of development in the United Kingdom. In a recent Federal case of Seungtae Kim v. BMW Financial Services a jury awarded the plaintiff $250,000 for creditworthiness loss, $150,000 for emotional distress and a civil penalty of $300,000 for violition of identity theft law. The case has Read the rest of this entry »
The Toronto Star reports in Hospital clerk pleads guilty to stealing, selling patient records about how a person in a relatively junior position was able to access, download and sell highly confidential personal information held in a hospital data base. Hospitals are notorious for the poor privacy practices. There is often a lack of Read the rest of this entry »
The UK High Court in AMC & KLJ v News Group Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 2361, per Laing J, granted an injunction in relation to a proposed story about an infidelity of a UK former sportsman.
On the evening of Friday 31 July 2015 the solicitor Read the rest of this entry »
The use of drones in the mining sector has moved from the novelty to the mundane. Drones have been used in mining surveys (amongst other surveys), as methane sniffing devices in fracturing operations and open cast mining. So it is not earth shattering news that Fortesque Metals Group is Read the rest of this entry »
August 31, 2015
The Straits Times in Call to mandate reporting of data breaches opines on the need for mandatory reporting. The Straits Times is not a campaigning paper by any means and ruffling government feathers is not in its DNA. Quite the opposite. The muted arguments against Read the rest of this entry »
August 27, 2015
The combination of being topical, mildly controversial and somewhat witty usually means a time poor journalist will often abandon too much in the way of analysis when doing an opinion piece on a recent event. The Age’s article today titled When privacy goes out the window and into the Twitterverse handsomely illustrates that very point. Glib and superficial Read the rest of this entry »
When, or even if, the Privacy Commissioner exercises his powers under the Privacy Act in relation to poor privacy policies and standards it could do worse than consider some of the US Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) litigation as well as ACCC cases. That would require the Privacy Commissioner to do that which he has steadfastly refused or failed to do to date.
The FTC has had a very significant win in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Federal Trade Commission v Wyndom Worldwide Corporation & ors. The Court of Appeal has Read the rest of this entry »
August 25, 2015
The Privacy Commissioner announces an investigation into the Ashley Madison data breach.
The statement Read the rest of this entry »