The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has upheld an appeal by Telstra against a decision of the Privacy Commissioner, denying Ben Grubb access to metadata attaching to his Telstra account, such as his IP addresses, web browsing history and cell tower location information. Such information however is readily available to government agencies without a warrant. So what does this decision mean for individual privacy and for companies storing customer metadata?
Last week, the Privacy Commissioner found that online dating company Cupid Media had breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) by failing to take reasonable steps to keep personal data held on its dating websites secure. In 2013, the online dating profiles of around 254,000 Australians were compromised when hackers gained unauthorised access to Cupid’s