Stop the Secrecy

Sydney Morning Herald: Who does your personal information belong to?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:47 -- Eva Prkachin

This reporter's telecom provider balked at providing him access to his own personal information, but seem to have no problem sharing that kind of info with government agencies. Does that seem backward to anyone else?

Article by Ben Grubb for The Sydney Morning Herald

I'm in a non-descript building in Sydney's central business district.

In a hearing room inside are 13 people. Five work for Telstra, six work for the privacy commissioner, one is an expert witness. They are here to hear what they see as a landmark case.

On the other side of the room is me, representing myself.

Telstra's representatives, flown from Melbourne, include their chief privacy officer, an in-house lawyer, a hired barrister, and two other senior officials.

This hearing isn't where I expected to be 15 months ago when I sent Telstra an email requesting access to my metadata.

- Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald