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Database Tells Agents When Tenants Want Out

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

October 22, 2010

TICA, the largest tenant database company in Australia, has created a new service that allows real estate agents to register their tenants' details and receive an e-mail when a tenant applies for another place to live, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Chris Martin, a senior policy officer with Tenants NSW, called the service a "gross invasion of people's privacy," and said, "the potential for abuse is high.'' The developers say that agents are required to notify tenants they are using the service, and tenants who are honest with their agents have nothing to worry about. "It's only the ones who, for want of a better term, do the midnight skip," said TICA Managing Director Phillip Nounis.
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