May 3, 2017
In a decision handed down by the Federal Court of Australia, Toll Transport Pty Ltd (Toll Transport) has been successful in a preliminary discovery application against a former employee of the Toll Group, Mr Stephen Fleiter, for the production of removable storage devices.
Mr Fleiter was employed by Toll NQX in the position of National Sales Manager. In this role, Mr Fleiter had access to commercially sensitive information, including pricing information and profit margins.
April 27, 2017
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has ordered Comcare to pay a Defence Force employee $23,000 after it inadvertently published on its website personal information, including sensitive health information, about the employee.
For organisations with obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), this case highlights:
- the importance of having in place appropriate security mechanisms to protect personal information and
- how a proactive and prompt response to a privacy breach can minimise the damage to an affected individual and the liability faced by the offending organisation.