Saturday, September 18, 2010

Privacy Victoria and privacy in 2009-2010

Late last week Privacy Victoria officially launched their annual report for 2009-2010 which provides some interesting highlights into how privacy as an issue has been engaged during the past year. It is focuses on their work around Victoria and engagement with various stakeholders who have required the assistance of Privacy Victoria such as local and state government agencies as well as complaints.

You will also find the Privacy Victoria's Youth Advisory Group featured in the report, a group whom I've been quite fortunate to work with. Together, we have been actively seeking to raise privacy awareness among young people and helped run the Privacy Victoria 'Watch this space' conference held in May, and you can find photos and information of our contributions on the cover and page 33.

I have also highlighted parts of the report which I found interesting, although you may wish to read about them within the context of the report as well:
  • “Technology has made large-scale data matching between organisations quicker and easier. But depending on how it is conducted data matching also poses privacy risks such as function creep, automated decision making based on poor quality data and profiling.” (p.2)
  • "While it is very pleasing that organisations are more and more willing to engage with us to address privacy issues there is still a tendency for consultation to occur late, when it is much more difficult for privacy protections to be included, especially in large technology projects." (p.3)
  • "It is particularly disappointing when here is no consultation at all on legislative proposals that clearly impact significantly on privacy . A notable example of this is the Summary Offences and Control of Weapons Act Amendments Bill 2009 and the Control of Weapons Amendment Bill 2010. In spite of the significant impact on privacy these Bills involved, there was no consultation before they were introduced into Parliament." (p.3)
  • "Much of the discussion at the conference focused on online privacy issues such as use of social media. This included discussions on ‘sexting’ – the practice of sending nude or semi-nude photographs on mobile phones or on the internet, usually to current partners who then may misuse the photograph . These images are considered child pornography under existing laws and some young people have been charged with offences relating to the material received and distributed to others" (p.34)

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