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Viewing entries posted in 2016

Christmas, cameras and hams Richard Stephen
22 December 2016

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Around Christmas time, a woman and her friend went to a supermarket to look at hams. After looking at the prices, they left the supermarket without making a purchase.

Ashley Madison saga gets its enforcement postscript Charles Mabbett
20 December 2016


The Ashley Madison data breach had its enforcement postscript this month, with the dating website’s parent company agreeing to settle with privacy authorities by paying $US1.6 million.

A new approach to information sharing - our Trusted Sharing Consultancy Service John Edwards
20 December 2016

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For 20 years, I practiced law offering, among other things, a specialty in “information and privacy law”. Clients would come to me and say “we are thinking about doing X; Is that allowed under the Privacy Act?” My response was almost always “don’t ask me if you can do X, ask me how can we do X”.

A design blueprint for privacy Riki Jamieson-Smyth
19 December 2016

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I was recently lucky enough to attend the Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference, hosted by the Business School at the University of Auckland.

Tribunal dismisses costs application despite litigant's conduct Charles Mabbett
8 December 2016


“I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.” Voltaire’s words encapsulate the sharp reality that it can cost a lot of money for cases to be heard and decided in a court of law – even if you are the successful party. A recent Human Rights Review Tribunal case, for example, cost ACC just over $33,000.

Social services need to understand Privacy Act better Jimmy McLauchlan
1 December 2016

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The consequences of not sharing information in the social services sector can lead to worsening family violence and child abuse cases, and more training in the Privacy Act is needed for those who work in the community frontline, are some of the new findings from research by Methodist Mission Southern.

Shaping up: Privacy practitioner fitness Annabel Fordham
28 November 2016

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The Privacy Summit 2016 – Trust in Privacy, held the other week in Sydney (14-15 November), is the annual gathering for iappANZ members (International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia & New Zealand) and other privacy practitioners, academics and regulators.

Code change to help emergency services locate mobile callers Daimhin Warner
25 November 2016


Pieter, a visitor from Belgium, witnessed a car accident in a remote area. The accident left a young woman unconscious and seriously injured. Pieter acted quickly and phoned the emergency line from his mobile phone to get help to the woman as soon as possible.