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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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    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...
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    QLD Posting opinion and information about individuals in private online community

    Hi, I have checked some other questions and believe this one is a little different. If not apologies! Headline There is a private online community that allows individuals to shared details about people who have contacted them (but not on the platform). Contact information posted is initial...
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    NSW Privacy Question Re Baptisimal Register

    Hi All I have requested that the Catholic Church (local diocese) remove my name/de identify my name in their baptismal register. So far, they have vehemently refused citing Canon Law. I have spoken to OAIC, who are working with them, albeit slowly due to their workload and this issue seems to...
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    NSW Defendant's right to privacy during court proceedings and post-conviction?

    Hi, I was just wondering whether a defendant's personal information is made available to the press by the court when they are undergoing a trial or post-conviction? In particular, their family information (the name of their wife or children?) I've googled and can't find anything. It seems...
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    NSW Legal process prevented by Privacy Laws

    People, I want to submit an application to the local court for a Noise Abatement Order (under section 268 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991) but I am prevented from doing so because I don't know the respondent's last name. Neither the Real Estate Agent, the Strata...