New Privacy Case Note 01-2015
It is a common outcome sought by privacy complainants that ‘the privacy breach that happened to them does not occur for anyone else’. Privacy complaints can be valuable pointers to areas where agency personal information management practices can be improved. Agencies that can acknowledge this value and respond to a complaint by improving its practices can often resolve the complaint on this basis. This case note deals with a recent mediated privacy complaint where the agency’s willingness to acknowledge administrative shortfalls, apologise for them and take active steps to improve its processes enabled the complaint to be resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction.