Hoax May Have Violated Law
DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA & UKDecember 13, 2012
The Guardian reports a recent prank call to a UK hospital may have violated the Data Protection Act barring the obtaining or disclosure of personal records. The two Australian radio DJs who made a prank call to the hospital obtained personal data about a patient “without the consent of the data controller, which in this case is the King Edward VII hospital,” said one expert. Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim’s office has deferred to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Green Sen. Scott Ludlam has urged a privacy tort, saying it would protect someone from having their medical information “improperly sought while they were in the hospital,” reports The Sydney Morning Herald.