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Viewing entries posted in May 2015

Managing disclosure when faced with closure Charles Mabbett
29 May 2015

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What happens to personal information when an organisation closes down? One thing is certain. Don’t follow the example of a doctor who, when closing his surgery to retire, attempted to bury his patient notes on a beach. The tides and the wind had other plans and scattered the files along the beach for all to see.

Fined for not handing over a file Charles Mabbett
19 May 2015

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A lawyer has been fined $7500 for failing to release a file to a client’s new lawyer. The case, reported in the Law Society magazine Law Talk, is relevant to an issue that we’ve blogged about before because clients’ rights to access information held by their lawyers is also covered by the Privacy Act.

There and back again in Privacy Week John Edwards
14 May 2015


I’ve been offshore recently attending a series of privacy-related engagements. While it was disappointing to miss Privacy Week, these were commitments made to international counterparts in Europe and Singapore who also largely funded my travel.

High Court backs Tribunal decision Katrine Evans
7 May 2015


In an earlier post, we discussed the Human Rights Review Tribunal decision in the case of Andrews v Commissioner of Police. The Police had successfully defended a Privacy Act case that Mr Andrews brought against them. They applied for $7,500 to $10,000 costs, but the Tribunal declined to award any costs at all.