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Commissioner: Data Collection Could Be Criminals’ “Honey Pot”

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

June 18, 2013

Amidst an increase in complaints to his office, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is warning that personal data collected by corporations “is a honey pot calling to criminals,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Last year’s complaints were a “10 percent increase on the previous year, and the figures year to date look like we are heading towards another 10 percent increase on last year,” Pilgrim said, adding, “We have already passed the 1,357 mark at the end of May, and I would think we were looking at 1,500-plus this year.” Pilgrim cautioned organizations to “only collect the type of information that is absolutely essential to provide the service.”
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