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Statement from the Privacy Commissioner

28 February 2018

I am aware of media reports today alleging that staff in gambling venues are sharing personal information on patrons.

My office is making inquiries to determine whether personal information of individuals is being managed in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).

Allegations such as this highlight the importance of business and government agencies having effective privacy governance processes in place to ensure that the personal information they are entrusted with is handled sensitively and is not collected unnecessarily or mishandled.  Failure to do this could not only lead to a business or government agency being in breach of the Privacy Act, but could also result in significant reputational harm.

If anyone has concerns about how their personal information has been collected or managed they can get in touch with my office at www.oaic.gov.au or on 1300 363 992.