Top Australian tenancy blacklist firm under investigation by information commissioner

Ben Butler reports:

The federal information commissioner is investigating a potential data breach at one of Australia’s biggest tenancy blacklists, run by Sydney company Trading Reference Australia (TRA).

TRA has moved to stymie the investigation, obtaining a federal court injunction that quashes an order from the commissioner that it hand over information about the breach.

Read more on The Guardian.

If government regulators cannot get a court to back their demand for information or records from an entity they are investigating, then that does not bode particularly well for data security in the country. Now if the demand really is too broad or out of scope, then at some point, this whole case needs to be discussed so that everyone learns from it.

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