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Commissioner: Transit Authority Breached Privacy Act

PRIVACY LAW—QUEENSLAND

November 25, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Linda Matthews has found that the South-East Queensland Transit Authority provided information to police in contravention of the Privacy Act, ABC News reports. The commissioner launched an investigation earlier this year after media reports that police were using travel records captured by the electronic Go Card ticketing system to track potential witnesses and suspects in criminal cases. The commissioner's review of about 50 police investigations that sought Go Card data, which has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament, says that in most cases TransLink did not have enough details of the police investigation to satisfy that such disclosure was necessary.
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