17 Mar NSW Court Rules Against Gov’t Use of Personal Data for Travel Cards
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled this week that collecting and using personal information from travel cards is a breach of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection (PPIP) Act.
The case was brought by a Gold Opal card user named Nigel Waters who objected to the collection of his travel data by government agency Transport for NSW. The agency previously confirmed that they shared the personal information of dozens of Opal card users to Police and the Department of Immigration.
Lawyer Anna Johnston, a former deputy NSW Privacy Commissioner and a director of Salinger Privacy, called the case a “wake-up call” to organisations about privacy. She added that the implications of the case of over-collecting passengers’ personal information will be “profound”.
Source: Business Insider