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666 unwittingly exposing callers to unscrupulous political lists?

By I-filed 7 June 2012 22

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 expected – and what on earth was the ABC doing passing my private phone number to politicians, when they are not bound by any privacy legislation whatsoever?

Now of course my name and number will almost certainly have been recorded on an ALP database and with the aforementioned lack of regulation I can’t even find out whether that’s the case, or ask for it to be removed.

Did the ABC breach any privacy laws, or was it merely a breach of faith? Am I wrong in expecting that 666 should have checked with me before passing my details to a third party?

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zippyzippy 9:16 am 29 Mar 13

Not that I think it’s right that this happened, and ABC should probably confirm with people that it’s ok to pass on details, but was it really an ‘unscrupulous political list’? Or was someone actually just calling – as a government rep – to assist you with the problem you called about? Because potentially that is just good service.

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