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Uber

22 November 2017

Statement from the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner

I am aware of this incident and my office has commenced inquiries with Uber.

Incidents such as this are a timely reminder to Australians of the value of the personal information we provide in order to receive products and services. As always, I encourage Australians to read privacy notices and ensure they are fully informed about what information is being exchanged in order to get the service, product or app they seek.

It is also a timely reminder to Australian businesses and agencies of the reputational value of good privacy practice, and the reputational risks that can follow mishandling of personal data. I also remind organisations that the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme in February 2018, will require them to notify any individuals likely to be at risk of serious harm due to a data breach. Failure to do so could lead to the  imposition of penalties provided for in the Privacy Act.