By now, you’ve probably heard that the Supreme Court of Australia has ruled in favour of a company that was forced to pay a company $400,000 after a decision was made by the appellate tribunals ruling that the company did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in its user data.
The appeal is now before the Federal Court.
The case involves Australian software company Adepts, who wanted to sell their own privacy protection software that could be used to protect their users against unwanted data collection by the Australian Federal Police.
Adepts appealed against the Federal Government’s decision to compel them to provide this data protection information in 2012.
When they first tried to get this information from the Privacy Commissioner’s Office in 2012, the Privacy Act required them to disclose all relevant personal information to the Commissioner, including a list of all the people whose personal data they had received.
The Privacy Commissioner rejected their appeal.
This case now comes before the Australian Court of Appeal, which is the court that hears appeals against the decisions of the Federal Courts of Australia.
If you haven’t already, you can read the full decision by the Privacy Commission here.
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