Further use of drone technology

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 »

Seungtae Kim v. BMW Financial Services, NA, LLC, Case No. 2:14–cv–01752–BRO–SH, Central District of California

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 »

Another example of poor data practices in the health sector

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 »

AMC & KLJ V News Group Newspapers Ltd: privacy injunction in the UK

The UK High Court in AMC & KLJ v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2015] 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 »

Call for mandatory reporting of data breaches in Singapore

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 »

Drones continue to cause issues and regulation continues to lag

August 30, 2015

The Wall Street Journal in Rogue drones a growing nuisance across the U.S. and today’s FAA records detail hundreds of close calls between airplanes and drones highlights Read the rest of this entry »

Another “end of privacy” story

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 »

Federal Trade Commission v Wyndom; the FTC has significant win in the US Court of Appeal regarding privacy regulation

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 »

Privacy Commissioner commences an investigation into Ashley Madison data breach

August 25, 2015

The Privacy Commissioner announces an investigation into the Ashley Madison data breach.

The statement Read the rest of this entry »

Timothy Pilgrim reappointed as Australian Privacy Commissioner

August 21, 2015

The Attorney General, George Brandis, today announced the reappointment of Timothy Pilgrim as Australian Privacy Commissioner.  The appointment is for 12 months from 19 October 2015.  The timing is Read the rest of this entry »