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Gambler Compensated After Breach

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

January 6, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim's determination awarding a man $7,500 after details about his gambling habits at a Sydney casino were given to the gambler's former partner during the couple's divorce. The gambler, known as "D," complained to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which determined that the Wentworthville Leagues Club should apologise and compensate the gambler for the breach as well as review its staff training on legal requests. The club disclosed the details--including the balance of the gambler's account, total winnings, losses and membership status--when the gambler's former partner requested the records.
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