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A snapshot of the notifiable data breach scheme over 12 months: trends, lessons learnt and hot tips

Malicious or criminal attacks continue to be the main sources of data breaches with 60% of breaches notified during the Period being attributable to such attacks. Notably, phishing and spear phishing were the most effective methods by which entities were compromised. Human error accounted for 35% of notified breaches and systems fault for 5% of notified breaches. 
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Unfair dismissal and your finger’s right to privacy

The pressures on employers are vice-like, how do you comply with requirements of the Fair Work Act to keep accurate attendance records to ensure correct pay, without monitoring employee attendance accurately?
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Educators beware: six year old applicant brings privacy complaint against preschool and obtains suppression orders.

A 6 year old girl made a complaint alleging that the private school she attended interfered with her privacy by inappropriately collecting and retaining videos and photos of her and her schoolwork; publishing or displaying images of her publicly; and not providing access to all personal information the school held about her.
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ACCC’s Plan to Tame Tech Giants

On 10 December 2018, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) released its proposals on how Australia should respond to the expanding grip of technology giants, like Facebook and Google, on the lives of everyday Australians.
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New Data Sharing and Release Bill Issues Paper is currently open for Consultation

The Australian Government has released an issues paper outlining key principles that will guide the creation of proposed new legislation around the sharing and use of government data.
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Why did I tell you that?

In CWI v The University of New South Wales [2018] NSWCATAD 12 the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (NCAT) was asked to make a decision regarding a review of a determination by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in relation to a complaint made about the conduct of an officer of UNSW under the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 (PPIP Act).
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GIPA: Scorned husbands need not apply

In DDT v Charles Sturt University [2017] NSWCATAD 329 the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (NCAT) was asked to make a determination concerning an access to information application under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act).
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Access denied

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) was asked to review a decision made by The Charles Sturt University (the University) in relation to its refusal to allow the applicant access to an investigation report sought pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA application).
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To reveal or not to reveal – Privacy vs disclosure

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) was asked to review a decision made by a Local Health District (LHD) pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009  (the GIPA application) to withhold certain information from the applicant. 
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A politician, a crowded train and a breach of privacy laws

In August last year Jeremy Corbyn cried foul when he was, by his own account, forced to sit on the floor of a train vestibule of a Virgin Train due to overcrowding.  At the time Mr Corbyn’s spokesperson used the incident as evidence of why the Labour Party’s policy to bring trains back into public ownership was so popular.  Virgin Trains was quick to counter the allegation by releasing CCTV still footage which showed the politician walking past apparently unreserved seats.
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Employer’s right to deny access to workplace investigation documents

A recent decision made by the Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found that a government agency had the right to deny an employee access to workplace investigation documents.
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Protecting Privacy: Australia’s Mandatory Data Breach Notification

After a long wait, the Australian Government has passed a Bill that will require organisations to notify individuals if an unauthorised person or group has had access to their personal information in a way that could cause serious harm.
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Up up and away for drones

From 29 September 2016 new rules for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in Australia will come into effect. 
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Consultation on two new draft resources under the GIPA Act

The NSW Information Commissioner is seeking feedback on two draft resources which they have developed to assist decision-makers under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
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Changes to review of GIPA Act decisions and privacy matters

The NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal recently announced changes to the review of The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 decisions and privacy matters.
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