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Pilgrim: Keeping Data Can Pose Organisational Risks

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 19, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald looks at the risks associated with how personal data is collected and used. Given legitimate requests by organisations for personal data, the report offers suggestions for solutions from Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim. “I'm saying to organisations, could you just identify the person and, having identified them, not necessarily need to keep a lot of the personal information?” Pilgrim says, adding, “Because once organisations start keeping large amounts of information it doesn't just pose threats for the individual, in terms of increasing the risk of identity theft and fraud, it also starts to increase the risks for organisations themselves.”
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