Category Archive for: ‘Privacy’

Lessons to be learned from the OAIC’s security assessment of St Vincent’s Hospital

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) Last month the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) issued a privacy assessment report of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited (St Vincent’s).[1] The Privacy Commissioner has the power to carry out assessments under section 33C of the Privacy Act in order to determine whether an organisation is complying with the Australian …

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Telco Sector Security Reforms

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) On 25 June 2015 the Attorney-General and the Minister for Communications released an exposure draft of a new piece of legislation that aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to manage national security risks affecting telecommunications networks. The proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is the latest in a series of …

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Misuse of private information is a “tort” in English law

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales has held that the cause of action recognised in English law since Campbell v Mirror Group for misuse of private information should be classified as a tort rather than an equitable cause of action. The question of classification was important in litigation against Google, Inc, because the plaintiffs needed to establish that …

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Another Privacy Commissioner determination awarding compensation

A notable feature of Timothy Pilgrim’s tenure as Privacy Commissioner has been his willingness to make determinations awarding compensation. At the end of March 2015, the Commissioner published his reasons for making another determination in which compensation was awarded. Some facts and figures on compensation under the Privacy Act With Privacy Awareness Week in the Asia Pacific coming upon us …

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Privacy Commissioner’s decision set aside by the Federal Court

A recent decision by Federal Court of Australia illustrated two things about privacy complaints – or at least those that end up before the courts: complainants often pursue their claims for many years, displaying a kind of endurance that many litigants do not possess; and the task facing an administrative decision maker is demanding – an attack on a decision …

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Immigration removals delayed pending assessment of data breach

The Immigration department’s well publicised 2014 data security breach continues to cause difficulties for the Department.  In late January and mid February the courts have issued interlocutory injunctions preventing the removal from Australia of certain asylum seekers pending the outcome of administrative law challenges to decisions to refuse refugee status, based on the Department’s consideration of the impact of the …

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Fighting ‘Revenge Porn’ through Copyright

Unless your surname is “Kardashian”, it is unlikely that being a victim of a ‘Revenge Porn’ attack launched by a jilted ex-lover could ever end well.  However, thanks to the unfortunate experience of a Californian law student who recently filed a copyright lawsuit in the U.S following such an attack, you may never have to experience this fate. Photo credit: http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-censored-nude-woman-portrait-young-tape-covering-eyes-breasts-image33259509 …

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Guidelines released on the “right to be forgotten”

Search engines are no longer in the dark about how to interpret the now infamous “right to be forgotten” ruling of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), handed down in May this year (read our post on the decision here). On Wednesday 26 November, the European data protection authorities assembled in the “Article 29 Working Party” (“Working Party”) to adopt …

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