ID scanners in nightclubs are boosting the risk of ID theft says Privacy Commissioner

Their purpose is to crack down on crimes of violence in pubs and clubs. But according to the Privacy Commissioner, an increasing number of complaints have been made to his office about the use of ID scanners in licensed venues. We look at what the issues are with ID scanners and whether your personal information is safe to hand over. By Graham Doessel, Founder and CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repairs and www.fixmybadcredit.com.au. It’s Friday night, you’re heading out to meet a group of friends in a nightclub. You head to the [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:20+00:000 Comments

Telstra’s security slip-up was a breach of the Privacy Act

Back in December 2011 a customer discovered the identity details of 734,000 Telstra Australia customers had been exposed to possible identity theft and misuse by being easily accessible through a Google search. The Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim immediately stepped in to investigate. After a 6 month-long investigation, Mr Pilgrim and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found Telstra has breached both the Privacy Act, and the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code. We look at how this occurred, and what the implications could be for Telstra, and for you and your credit [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:27+00:001 Comment

A wait and see approach to logistics of new credit laws

Most people are very positive about changes to Australia's Privacy Laws which are coming through Parliament, effectively bringing Australia out of the 1980's and closer to other countries in our treatment of Privacy and personal information. But others are a little unsure they go far enough in many areas. We look at one opinion of how the new credit laws apply to credit reporting . By Graham Doessel, Founder and CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repairs and www.fixmybadcredit.com.au. An interesting post came through from 'The Conversation' yesterday written by Bruce Arnold, Lecturer of [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:28+00:000 Comments

Credit reporting law changes – a look at complaints handling

Credit reporting is set to be overhauled. In our arena of helping consumers make complaints and dispute their credit reports - ease of credit listing dispute for consumers would be a positive move. We look at just what to expect from these new credit laws in terms of disputed credit listings. Will consumers be given a bigger voice to make credit listing complaints? By Graham Doessel, Founder and CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repairs and www.fixmybadcredit.com.au. In a statement to the media on Wednesday, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced the next step in major legislative change [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

12 Quick Privacy Tips for Parents

As we close off Privacy Awareness Week 2012, it’s important to take away some information that people can use in their daily lives to protect their personal information, to prevent identity theft and to protect the integrity of their credit file from credit fraud. If you are a parent who wants to get involved in what your child is doing online, or even if you feel overwhelmed by the online options open to young people today – this information could save you from the dangers that occur through internet use and allow both and your [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

Privacy Protection set to be heightened under Australian Law

Big changes are coming for Australian privacy rights and laws governing the use of personal information. The Australian Government has announced it will make the first set of changes to the Privacy Act 1988 in the Winter sitting of Parliament. The announcement came yesterday from Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who intentionally announced the changes to coincide with Australia’s Privacy Awareness Week. By Graham Doessel, Founder and CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repairs and www.fixmybadcredit.com.au. The Attorney-General said in her statement that Australia’s privacy laws will be reformed to better protect people’s personal information, simplify [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

Privacy Commissioner reports data breaches on the rise

As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2012, over 180 business leaders met in Sydney this week to discuss the topic of data breaches. Data breaches can occur through lost or stolen laptops, portable storage devices and paper records, or through databases being ‘hacked’ into or organisations mistakenly providing information to the wrong person. The effects of data breaches can be theft of identity and potentially credit fraud leading to bad credit history for the victim. The Privacy Commissioner claims there is in effect one data breach a week in Australia – an [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

TMI – 5 things all young people should know about privacy, social networking and credit.

If you didn’t have Facebook or Twitter – you’d be lost right? It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends– and sometimes it’s more convenient and quicker than a phone call. But if you don’t keep your personal information secure from outsiders while you use it– you could be keeping in touch with all the wrong people. There’s weirdos out there trolling the internet looking for the stuff you openly post - even people looking to commit identity theft with your info. We show you how the mistakes you make [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

MyCRA Partners Privacy Awareness Week 2012

MyCRA Credit Rating Repairs is proud to be a Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) Partner for 2012 which runs 29 April to 5 May.  The team at MyCRA hope we can help educate more people on Privacy Issues this week and in doing so reduce the numbers of identity theft cases in Australia. Privacy of your personal information is crucial to prevent identity theft and subsequent credit fraud. This week, through information provided by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and also through our own information, we want to help clarify how Privacy (or [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:32+00:000 Comments

Privacy Commissioner casts final verdict on Sony data breach

It seems that there will be no reprisal according to Australian law for the victims of the Sony PlayStation/Qriocity saga which left the personal information of approximately 77 million Sony customers worldwide exposed to hackers and threatened the victims with possible identity theft and credit file misuse. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim released his official report last Thursday on his investigation into Sony Australia’s possible breach of the Privacy Act. His investigation found that Sony did not breach Australia’s Privacy Act when it fell victim to a cyber-attack. The investigation looked at [...]

2017-09-05T05:25:40+00:000 Comments