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The Australian Privacy Foundation has described the Federal Court's judgment that key metadata is not personal information as an effective gutting of the Privacy Act.
The activist group GetUp has set up an automated online tool using which people who have received automated debt notices from Centrelink can appeal the same.
The Australian Federal Court has effectively ruled that part of the metadata of an individual stored by telecommunications companies does not constitute personal data and therefore need not be handed over to said individual.