In a world of ever-more-sensitive digital communications and social media, you have to be careful what you share.
That’s what Australian lawyer and privacy activist, Alan Davies, is urging Australians to keep in mind when sharing sensitive information on social media.
In a new interview with the ABC’s The Drum, Davies argues that there is no reason why you should ever give your personal details, such as home address and bank details, to the police.
“I think people have a right to know, and I don’t think there is any reason why they shouldn’t have a reasonable expectation that they won’t be used to obtain information,” he said.
“What’s the worst that could happen if someone goes into a store, asks for something, says ‘Oh, that’s my car’?” But what is the best way to protect yourself when sharing personal information online?
Privacy experts have argued that there are three options.
Privacy and security experts have said that there should be no data collection, sharing or sharing of personal information in the context of a crime investigation.
The third option is to be cautious.
Davies said that you should be careful when sharing information, such for example, if you are being stalked.
“You need to know where they are,” he told the ABC.
“Don’t share the address, don’t share your phone number, don’s share your social media accounts.
That will help you to protect your privacy.”
Privacy expert Alan Davies agrees that you shouldn’t share personal information about you on social networking sites, such the internet, when you are under investigation.
“It is better to know what the police are doing than to be in a position where you can share information about yourself,” he says.
He also recommends that you don’t post your information on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter without explicit permission from the person.
“If someone knows that you are posting information, then that will not be protected, and it will be put out there,” he advises.
“And you are putting the information out there in a way that you can be traced.”
But the Australian Government has argued that this information should be made available to law enforcement authorities and not be shared by people, such online services.
“The Australian Government encourages all Australians to remain vigilant about their personal data and to take action to safeguard it,” a spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Security.
“However, if it is clear to the authorities that information about someone has been obtained without consent, they should act on that information, including, where appropriate, the provision of a court order.”
What can I do if I think my data is being used inappropriately?
You can take action against the data collection and sharing that you believe is being done, including by contacting the Data Protection Commissioner, which can be done by emailing them at [email protected] or calling them on 1300 661 060.
You can also contact the Privacy Commissioner if you believe your personal data is wrongly being shared.
The Privacy Commissioner can also advise you on how to contact the police about your personal information, and you can contact them by calling 1800 536 755.
In some circumstances, a Privacy Commissioner will also give advice on how you can take legal action against data collection.
The information that you give the police is not usually given to the courts, but they may give it to other organisations that have a legal duty to protect it, such a legal aid body, a consumer protection body or a human rights body.
The Australian Government will not give data collected by law enforcement to organisations that are not a legal or commercial service provider.
What happens if I give information to the Australian Federal Police?
The Australian Federal Government has a duty to safeguard the privacy of Australian citizens, including information about people under investigation by law, according to the Privacy Act.
If you have information that relates to someone under investigation, you can lodge a complaint with the Australian Privacy Commissioner.
If the information is in the public interest, you may also wish to lodge a privacy complaint with your State or Territory government.
You must then provide information about the case to the FCO in writing.
If an investigation is ongoing, the FOC may decide to release the information to another agency.
If I give the data to a business, I have a duty of care to ensure that it is handled securely.
However, the Australian Financial Review reports that many businesses do not take their responsibilities seriously enough.
The Financial Review contacted some of Australia’s largest and most respected business associations, which all said that they did not have a specific policy on when and how data should be shared.
One business association told the Financial Review that it did not know how it was storing the information, whether it was kept in a separate facility or if it was shared with a third-party.