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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Privacy and Private Kovco

What can you say about this latest debacle concerning the late Private Kovco?

Taking work related information offsite is full of potential dangers, but is necessary in some circumstances. However leaving a disc behind in the Qantas lounge, well …..

The incident points up another quirky inconsistency in Australia’s privacy laws: personal information about a person dead for up to 30 years is personal information for the purposes of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act. A disclosure of this kind could leave a NSW Government agency exposed to action for a breach of privacy principles. However the Federal Privacy Act that applies to the Defence Department does not extend to personal information about a deceased person. Neither does Victoria’s Information Privacy Act.

Another one for the Australian Law Reform Commission and its examination of privacy laws.

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