Tag Archives: privacy

Our lives are full of privacy breaches


Last week I wrote of the ACT injustice of publicly naming people subsequently found not guilty of serious crimes such as rape.
The inconsistency of our law was apparent in the failure to name a stall at the recent night noodle markets from which 27 people allegedly developed food poisoning. The source was not named [...]

Don’t panic, it’s just Yahoo invading your privacy

By 12 January 2014

ACT Policing have tweeted an explanation of the low flying plane taking photographs of you.
Seen a low flying light plane in Canberra? Don't worry, it's just 3D imaging for Yahoo Maps. Keep an eye out for it all this week.
— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) January 11, 2014

Well that’s OK then.
(It has been interesting watching Marissa [...]

Army medical records dumped in the Woden paper recycling skip

By 9 January 2014

It’s pretty bad that the complete dental records for a couple of guys was thrown in the paper recycling skip – the x-rays aren’t paper and shouldn’t be there.
I edited out names and numbers, inside the folders are the guy’s dental records in full and gross detail.

Westpac account information at Mugga Lane

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mother Groper was poking around the second hand filing cabinets at Mugga Lane and discovered Westpac hadn’t bothered to check if the office furniture they were discarding was empty.
It’s not difficult to check if the furniture you’re discarding is empty or not, and as an organisation dealing with sensitive information a bank should have procedures [...]

Another medical records dump

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Gerry-Built has sent in these pictures:
Interesting dump at Belconnen recycling depot
Boxes of prescriptions with patient names etc… Are there not laws protecting against this?
All imprinted with Amcal Pharmacy Jamison… Thousands of scripts with personal details including addresses and there may be credit card imprints, too

Is this for REAL? (whitegoods scam bites consumers)

By 31 March 2013

I was recently contacted by my real estate agent to say that she had arranged for a new stove to be paid for and picked up at a large well-known white goods supplier.  So I rang them to arrange payment and to let them know that the plumber would pick it up in a day [...]

Big Brother is Watching. Government Invades Resident Privacy


TAMS has been surreptitiously tracking and recording the movements of residents in Canberra’s South through the interception of the private Bluetooth emissions of their mobile phones and car hands-free systems.

666 unwittingly exposing callers to unscrupulous political lists?

By 7 June 2012

A few Fridays ago I texted ABC local radio 666 with a comment on a traffic issue – signing off with only my first name.
I was surprised to receive a call on my phone from an ACT Government ministerial adviser a few days later. It wasn’t an unpleasant call, but it wasn’t welcome or [...]

The Burch v. Dunne child protection privacy Deathmatch

By 20 September 2011

Last week the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne stole a march on Labor’s Joy Burch revealing lapses in child protection protocols which sparked an investigation.
But there was some backstory we didn’t think was particularly relevant at the time.
The Liberal head flack Hannah Passfield sent us copies of Ms Dunne’s correspondence with the media release, which we duly [...]

Amber light for point to point cameras

By 26 August 2011

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced they’ll support point to point cameras in the ACT, but with some conditions.
The Greens have given in-principle support to the use of point to point cameras in the ACT, guaranteeing that they can be used for important road safety measures.
However, the Greens deferred final approval of the legislation, [...]

Workplace privacy laws kick in today

By 24 August 2011

The Greens are making sure we know their workplace privacy laws come into force today.
“The laws ensure that no surveillance can occur without disclosure to employees. An employer must tell employees what kind of surveillance is being used and what the surveillance is for. Surveillance records cannot be disclosed or used for unrelated purposes.
“The new [...]

Is your privacy protected???

By 17 August 2011

We have recently discovered that information held by Telstra/Sensis relating to our phones is accessible by other entities approved by the Australian Communications and Marketing Authority for specific purposes. This includes bodies whose functions at least partly include to provide directory assistance, print telephone directories or for research purposes. Also, various carriage [...]

What can you get from a brothel laptop?

By 15 June 2011

ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery at a brothel in Fyshwick overnight (Tuesday, June 14).
About 11.15pm three men have entered the Mi Mi Club on Lyell Street.
The manager has tried to usher the men into the waiting room when one of the men has punched him twice in the face, knocking him to the [...]

Landlords taking photos while tenants still there?

By 14 March 2011

I’d like some advice.
A friend of mine has just received a letter from her property manager (she is a renter) stating that when they conduct the inspection in the next 10 days the property manager will be taking photos of everything.
I’d just like to know if this is legal from a privacy perspective?

The lost community services laptop

By 24 February 2011

The ABC has a piece on fear and loathing surrounding a Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services employee breaking the rules and taking home personal data on a laptop which was then stolen.
DHCS are swearing blind that there was nothing in the data usable for identity theft. But then they’d have sworn blind their [...]

It couldn’t happen here, could it?

By 25 November 2010

Calling all political hacks out there – does your ACT party of choice keep secret files on people like the ALP in Victoria does? Do they even need to in a town with one degree of separation making software and databases unnecessary?
Some background: The Age reports that the ALP has been keeping secret files on [...]

Greens moving to protect worker privacy

By 25 October 2010

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced she’s bringing the Workplace Privacy Bill into the Legislative Assembly:
“New technology enables surveillance to become ever more pervasive, and this bill represents an important protection to Canberra workers’ privacy,” Ms Bresnan said.
“Despite most businesses having some form of surveillance, there are currently no regulations at all.
“Our bill will ensure [...]

Privacy if you’re important enough on google street view?

By 29 September 2010

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For most of us we just have to live with the fact that a google car has been past our house taking photos. Here at RiotACT we support the right of anyone to take photos from public lands.
But a keen eyed reader has noted that there’s a weird gap at Mueller St Yarralumla [...]

Anyone else see the Google street view car?

By 12 December 2009

Noticed it cruising down London Circuit at 1:50pm. Didn’t get a chance to make a rude or funny gesture.
It was a black / dark coloured hatch with the array of cameras on top. I think it had Google stickers on it.
Anyone else see it?

Big Brother Awards 2009 @ Pot Belly

By 9 November 2009

[ 11 November 2009 at 7:30 pm; ] The Australian Privacy Founation invites everyone to the Australian ‘Big Bother Awards’ 2009 (BBA2009), 11 November, at the Pot Belly.

The call for nominations for the BBA2009 was very successful. The Orwells are the Big Brother Awards that recognise organizations, technologies and people that have invaded or threaten to invade privacy. The Smiths acknowledge [...]

In the public domain?

By 9 October 2009

I was at the Hughes shops this morning waiting for a shop to open and perusing the notice board as I did so.  Someone had pinned up a print-out of a person’s profile from an internet dating site, helpfully amending some of the particulars (eg: adding a few years to the age provided).  It made [...]

The right to post on YouTube: Is what you do outside work your own business?

By 5 March 2009

With the dazzling Sydney Mardi Gras parade exploding in colour and pageantry along Oxford Street again this Saturday night, I have heard a disturbing report from my partner’s friend in Canberra.
Apparently an employee who enjoyed shedding his clothes in his spare time and putting the footage up on YouTube for others to enjoy was told [...]

Not with those finger-prints mate – Sultans IDs its customers

By 22 September 2008

[September 21, 2008 @ 11:39]
The Canberra Times brings word of the security measures at Sultan’s Nightclub (122 Alinga St, Civic) which have been in place for the last couple of weeks.
“The system involves patrons having their IDs scanned on entry, a digital photo taken and a finger pin the digital number generated from a fingerprint [...]

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