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Monday, July 28, 2008

WA car parkers who dodge paying won't find refuge in privacy law

There has been quite a fuss in Western Australia in recent weeks since it was revealed that a helpful government agency, mistakenly provided parking station owners with contact details for the owners of cars that overstayed or didn't pay, leading to this comment that the Parliament's failure to pass privacy legislation which has languished in the upper house for over a year was part of the problem.

This post in July last year illustrated that the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules provide an opportunity to obtain this sort of information if certain conditions are satisfied, notwithstanding privacy or other access laws such as freedom of information, which might impose some limitations.

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