Tracking apps moving into the workplace

May 28, 2015

There is a familiar theme in dystopian sci fi stories; the government/corporation has used technology to control the ordinary citizens.  The technology Read the rest of this entry »

Pew Research Center issues report on privacy, security and surveillance

May 22, 2015

On 20 May the Pew Research Centre released its report on American’s attitude about Privacy, Security and Surveillance.

Interestingly the report shows the public to be more sophisticated on the issue of and need for privacy, in particular their Read the rest of this entry »

The Welsh police fined for data breach involving losing video recording used as part of evidence in sexual abuse case

May 21, 2015

The UK Information commissioner has issued the South Wales Police with a swinging £160,000 fine for losing a highly sensitive Read the rest of this entry »

Keying numbers into a fax machine leads to privacy breaches

May 19, 2015

The health industry maintains an affection, if not fetish, for facsimile machines. In my very recent experience specialists and general practitioners have demonstrated a reliance for fax machines over the electronic mail. This has led to Read the rest of this entry »

Another problem with the Victorian Police, the LEAP database and privacy

May 18, 2015

The Victorian Police LEAP database has had chronic and serious privacy breaches over the years (see here).  And the problem continues with the Herald Sun reporting Read the rest of this entry »

Details of Amazon delivery drones are revealed in US Patent Office application

May 10, 2015

The US Patent Office has made public patent application 20150120094, Unmanned Aerial Delivery System.  It was filed in Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy Commissioner releases drafts on Privacy Complaint handling process, determinations and injunctions

May 7, 2015

The Privacy Commissioner has released the last tranche of draft guides:

  • Chapter 2 – Privacy Complaint handling process,
  • Chapter 5 – Determinations,
  • Chapter 6 – Injunctions.

The draft chapters are open for consultation until Read the rest of this entry »

Organisations struggling with privacy policies and handling privacy complaints

May 5, 2015

That proper compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 is a news item seems strange to anyone with an interest in the field.  With the possible exception of sectors where privacy sensitivity has always been a priority and reputational damage is a real concern, such as finance and banking, privacy compliance is generally Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Grubb v Telstra Corporation Ltd [2015] AICmr: access to personal information, meta data, Privacy Act 1988

 The Privacy Commissioner has found that Telstra Corporation Ltd (“Telstra”) has breached National Privacy Principle 6.1 in failing to provide to the applicant, Ben Grubb (“Grubb”) access to his personal information in Ben Grubb v Telstra Corporation Limited [2015] AICmr 35.


On 15 June 2013 Grubb sought access Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy Commissioner issues Privacy Business Resource on protection of customer’s information

May 4, 2015

First the quiet then the storm.  As part of the deluge of guides, announcements, reports and a decision released today is a Privacy Business Resource on protection customer information, found here.

It breaks no new ground.  It doesn’t have to.  Following the biblical precedent the Commissioner has listed 10 (not 9 or 11) tips to protect personal information.  Good and solid advice, as Read the rest of this entry »