Category Archive for: ‘Privacy’

Australian Privacy Commissioner takes expansive view of jurisdiction in Ashley Madison case

Many regulators take an expansive view of their remit, and the Australian Privacy Commissioner has acted in this way in the Ashley Madison case. The Ashley Madison data security breach attracted enormous publicity worldwide, when details of approximately 36 million subscribers were published by hacktivists operating under the monicker “The Impact Team”. The company that ran the affected business is …

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Wi-fi tracking of students in Australia

Recent publicity about an Australian university’s practice of tracking the location of people connected to the university’s wi-fi network raises a mixture of policy and legal issues. The media report claims that the legal position is not clear, so this post is intended to help readers understand that position. The university’s spokesman is quoted as saying that they are “not …

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Cloud privacy – significant developments

There were two significant developments last week for the privacy in the cloud: The European Commission endorsed the EU-US Privacy Shield, which will replace the earlier Safe Harbor scheme that had been found wanting by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems decision. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the US decided that a warrant issued under the …

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What’s the Big Deal with Big Data? The OAIC’s Guide to big data and the Australia Privacy Principles

The Office of the Information Commissioner (“OAIC”) has released a consultation draft Guide to big data and the Australian Privacy Principles (the “Guide”). The draft Guide has been released at a time when many Australian businesses are exploring the potential of Big Data analysis for their business, and are grappling for the first time with some of the associated data …

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Lights, camera, action! – will ‘revenge porn’ victims finally have a cause of action to sue offenders?

The Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (“Committee”), in an inquiry into the worldwide phenomenon known as ‘revenge porn’, made recommendations last week that acts of ‘revenge porn’ should be made a crime on Commonwealth and State levels. But ‘revenge porn’ scandals are only for the J-Laws and Kim Kardashians of the world right? Apparently not.

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EU-US privacy safe harbor no longer safe

Our European colleagues have summarised the recent decision of the European Court of Justice dealing with the EU-US privacy safe harbor.  This is a big deal – the US Secretary of Commerce has been quoted as saying that the decision “puts at risk the thriving trans-Atlantic digital economy”. The plaintiff in the case, Mr Schrems, objected to Facebook Ireland transferring …

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Australian Department of Immigration data breach – another court decision

Data security breaches can cause much more than financial harm to affected individuals. In February 2014 the Australian Department of Immigration accidentally disclosed personal information about almost 10,000 asylum seekers. The asylum seekers became concerned that if their request for asylum was denied and they were removed from Australia to their country of origin, they may face persecution if the …

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