Privacy case notes released

The Privacy Commissioner has published case notes 5 – 9 for 2006.

In particular the Commissioner reports that 2 complaints against accountants for disclosing clients’ tax file numbers were upheld and resolved (Case Note 6 and Case Note 7). Apart from the privacy issues, as such disclosures might constitute a Tax File Number offence, the
Commissioner advised the parties of this and referred the matter to the
Australian Federal Police.

Case Note 9 concerned the disclosure by a utility company of a person’s consumption information in breach of its own privacy policy.

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