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Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively.
When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. The domain of privacy partially overlaps with security, which can include the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. The right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasions of privacy by the government, corporations or individuals is part of many countries' privacy laws, and in some cases, constitutions.
In the business world, a person may volunteer personal details, including for advertising, in order to receive some sort of benefit. Public figures may be subject to rules on the public interest. Personal information which is voluntarily shared but subsequently stolen or misused can lead to identity theft.
The concept of universal individual privacy is a modern concept primarily associated with Western culture, British and North American in particular, and remained virtually unknown in some cultures until recent times. Most cultures, however, recognize the ability of individuals to withhold certain parts of their personal information from wider society, such as closing the door to one's home.

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    VIC Privacy of pathology test results - right to delete

    If I do a test with a pathology lab, after they provide me with my results can I request them to delete all data they have on me (in such a way that they are obliged to do it)? I tried to research this a bit online - on the one hand there seems to be Australian Privacy Principle 11 which says...
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    QLD privacy

    hi there, i have question about family tree websites a cusion of mine has done a family tree he has my full name date of birth and where i was born i never gave permission for him to use my personal information i have ask him to remove my date of birth he has also listed my children information...
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    NSW Privacy Issues

    Hi, I'm new to the forum. I wanted to know if I can get into legal trouble if I send an ex tenant's outgoing report to their agent. The matter is complex. They caused damage, we ended up sacking the agent, and NCAT is a waste of time. This is only to give the new agent a "heads up" of what could...
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    NSW Privacy Laws and rental properties

    Hello, can anyone tell me what the privacy laws are regarding the following; 1. My husband & I are landlords and recently the tenants in our property left the property in an unreasonable condition. We ended the agreement with the agent and in the end it was too much so my husband and we wore...
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    QLD Sharing details of DVO

    What’s the expectation around disclosure of DV orders by the person who’s been granted a DVO? I’m in somewhat of a pickle because my exgf’s husband has caught us trying to meet up and as his wife and I have priors during their relationship he’s made her take a DVO out on me in reassurance that...
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    NSW Forced disclose of Private medical information?

    Can Public servants, (Police, Emergency services, Government agencies and businesses operators and employees force you to provide your private Confidential medical information at any time?
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    VIC Privacy statement to ensure govt body shares info?

    Hi everyone, OK, so I have tried several times to start a new Federal political party. This week we were told that from the AEC's testing, we had one member "deny" being a member. But they won't tell us who due to "privacy" reasons. So we are starting a new membership list, and we are going...
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    VIC Advice on possible privacy breach by DHHS

    My husband took out a family violence intervention order against me and subsequently the DHHS became involved. The DHHS as a matter of course met with my mother and my sister and her family. Since then, my sister’s partner independently made contact with the DHHS officer assigned to the case to...
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    VIC Anshun estoppel is being used to dismiss Health Records Act claim that followed the Privacy Act claim, because they are too similar. VCAT s75.

    Hi everyone! Anshun estoppel precident is being used to dismiss Health Records Act claim that followed the Privacy Act claim, because they are too similar. VCAT s75 is in play. How do I respond to this? I have some ideas: I can show that the Health Records act is not the Privacy act and that...
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    QLD Is the real estate agency invading my privacy asking about personal transactions on my bank statement?

    Hi, my real estate agency has asked for bank statements to confirm my income which I’ve happily provided but now they are questioning individual personal transactions I have made that is not income or large expenses. Surely this is a privacy invasion. What laws protect me from being asked these...