The Australian judicial system has usually proved itself to be one that applies the common sense principle when confronted by technological cases. But in the case of the recent ruling on what is, and what is not, personal information, the Federal Court has erred and badly too.
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.
Today's assertion by a Queensland Police representative that receiving a (potentially) ill-gotten image derived from Facebook is akin to receiving a stolen TV completely beggars belief. Queensland Police, you're wanted on the phone, it's the 21st Century calling.
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