Dick Smith sale

15 March 2016
Tags: statement

Statement by the Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

My office has been in contact with the receivers managing the sale of Dick Smith and its customer database. I have been advised that the customer database will be used for the purpose of delivering an online retail service under a ‘Dick Smith’ brand, which is in line with what subscribers might reasonably expect. I also understand that the receivers have offered customers on the database the opportunity to opt out of the list prior to the sale, which I believe is an appropriate step.

If a customer database was being sold and then subsequently used for purposes that were not advised of at the time the personal information was initially collected, a business would need to carefully consider their obligations under Australian Privacy Principle (APP) 6 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). 

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