[LINK] Tax Office selling ABN details
Sat, 03 Jun 2000 10:52:14 +1000
Karl Schaffarczyk wrote:
> Hi Stewart, Linkers,
> I am currently wondering what the big deal is...
> my thoughts:
> a) none of this information relates directly to individuals. Privacy
> in this country has only ever dealt with individuals.
We all agree that privacy laws in this country are inadequate. I
believe that some models of privacy as adopted by privacy advocates are
Privacy is what the person says it is. If I use the word privacy to
define the ability of me to work here, in peace, without being
interrupted by telemarketers and door-to-door sales people, then that is
a perfectly reasonable definition of privacy.
The government's action in allowing the aggressive use of this data for
a purpose other than that which it was collected for is a violation of
the fundamental principles of privacy and will lead to privacy invasive
marketing. I don't care a hoot whether it concerns "businesses" or
"individuals". As long as businesses are run by people, their ability
to work without invasive intrusion beyond their control is something
which I think is adequately described with the word "privacy".
For the personal well-being of those people and for the productivity of
businesses and therefore the nation, there should be legislation to
protect against such intrusions.