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Pilgrim: Employers Should Not Collect Unnecessary Data

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 13, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Gary Coulthart, who runs a private forensic consultancy and says he takes calls from companies every day wishing to retrieve data from their employees' phones. The law on such requests is vague, the report states, though Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says employers should not collect unnecessary data from their employees. "Employees should be aware of the implications of using devices owned by employers for personal use. Employees should also take responsibility for their own privacy by deleting all personal information before they return a device to their employer," he says. Coulthart says device data, even once deleted, can almost always be retrieved.
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