AU: Google search puts NSW Medical Council on the wrong side of privacy laws

Paris Cowan reports:

A NSW tribunal has ruled that the state’s Medical Council breached privacy laws when it published what it thought was a redacted PDF document on its website, but in doing so revealed the hidden identities of a doctor and her son to Google’s web crawling bot.

In April, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will decide what penalties to apply to the NSW Medical Council for inadvertently publishing the names online, following a legal spat over the doctor’s registration that had wound up in 2009.

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