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Privacy and filing – the garden shed is not a storage option

17 July 2014

Now that we are becoming more familiar with Australia's new privacy laws, it is still important to remember that the physical security of our hardcopy documents is just as important as digital security.

A medical centre in Melbourne has been found to be in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) by storing the personal records of mostly former patients in a garden shed. The premises were no longer operated or staffed by the centre when the shed was broken into, compromising the privacy of the individuals whose records were stored there.

It is a company's responsibility to implement a system of safely disposing of unwanted personal documents. If personal information is stolen, you are exposing your clients to the risks of fraud and identity theft. Make use of shredders and secure document destruction services.

For more information please contact:

Michael Hobson | Special Counsel
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0380
f +61 7 3224 0333
mhobson@mullinslaw.com.au

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