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NSW What to Do if Friend Provides Third-party My Address?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Toqual, 25 July 2014.

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  1. Toqual

    Toqual Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity, if a friend was to give away my private details without my consent, what can be done?
     
  2. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) only applies to government agencies and the private sector (that is, businesses).
    You can ask your friend to cease and desist from disclosing your personal information.
    If the information was provided to a government agency or a business, you can advise that your personal information was provided without consent and that you request that it is not used and/or deleted in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

    Hope this helps.
     
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    DennisD Well-Known Member

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    Hi Toqual

    In your hypothetical it is not clear exactly what kind of personal information (eg, street address, email address, phone number, other) your friend is disclosing and to whom (eg, a third party business, individual, other). However, in general a person's express consent should be obtained by a third party seeking their personal details

    If your friend provides your personal details (eg, email address, phone number) to a third party business which uses that information to send you unsolicited commercial messages (eg, ads in emails, texts), the business may well be in breach of consent requirements under applicable legislation. The Australian Communications and Media Authority oversees anti spam legislation and the Do Not Call Register. You could consider contacting their department which best fits your query: http://goo.gl/Rvx7HD

    And of course you can let your friend know that you would prefer if they first ask for your permission in the future before handing out your details!

    Hugh
     
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  4. Toqual

    Toqual Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @John R @Hugh - and it was my address given to another individual who I did not want knowing.
     
  5. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    I agree with the above.

    Absent
    • any loss, damage linked to the release, or
    • a bona fide (apprehended) threat/ concern for your (or another's) safety, or
    • the passing of the information enabling a later unlawful act
      (such as enabling a breach of an AVO or similar)
    my reply to
    would be "Not a lot."
     
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