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Commissioner’s US diary - part two John Edwards
21 April 2017

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This year’s opening keynote speeches on day two of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC were by Tristan Harris and JD Vance.

Commissioner’s US diary – part one John Edwards
21 April 2017

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The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC is probably the biggest event on the annual privacy calendar.

Breach case 3: Catches win matches Neil Sanson
7 April 2017

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A recent data breach provided an example of how it is sometimes possible to catch a breach as it is happening and avert potential harm.

How to make information available – some tips for agencies Lynley Cahill
4 April 2017

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We live in an age where agencies collect and hold a lot of information about us. When we then request access to that information, this places demands on the time and resources of agencies to meet their obligations under the Privacy Act. Agencies sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed when responding to requests for personal information -  especially where a high volume of information is held.

Traitors under our skin? Sebastian Morgan-Lynch
4 April 2017

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When Ross Compton’s house caught fire in September 2016, he was able to escape unscathed, with a suitcase full of clothes and the charger for his external heart pump. But when the 59-year-old US man explained to arson investigators how he’d broken the window with his cane and hurled his most important belongings out the window before scrambling to safety, they weren’t convinced. And so, in a twist that would have been science fictional a few years ago, they interrogated his heart.  

Hager and Westpac - A bit more context, information and clarification Sam Grover
22 March 2017

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There has been a significant amount of media coverage about our investigation into Westpac bank disclosing journalist Nicky Hager’s bank account information to Police in 2014. In the course of that reporting, some misconceptions have emerged. Because of the interest in the case, and the potential implications for future practice, we have noted some points of clarification and context below.

Breach case 2: Don't bite when a phisher calls Neil Sanson
20 March 2017

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A recent data breach involved a deliberate email phishing* attack on an industry organisation. The email purported to come from the chief executive and requested a copy of the membership list (names and email addresses).

Me and AboutMe Nicole Walker
17 March 2017

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I recently received a bill from a local authority relating to work carried out on my property before I bought it. I was not responsible for the bill and I had challenged it successfully on three previous occasions. But it kept coming back.