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Commissioner: Nightclubs’ Data Collection Raising Concerns


October 4, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says his office is receiving an increasing number of complaints from nightclub patrons being asked to hand over their personal information in order to enter, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Pilgrim says the clubs need to tell customers what they’re doing with the data, why they’re collecting it and give them access to it; however, Victoria’s acting commissioner says privacy principles are unclear on businesses’ responsibilities if their annual turnover is less than $3 million per year. While Pilgrim has investigated some clubs and says if he finds breaches he will use his powers, the Australian Privacy Foundation says he’s not doing enough.
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