Want some Christmas fun? Call your bank.

One of the fun things to do around Christmastime will be to call your local bank or health service or big business and ask them to cough up any information they have on you. There’s a new privacy law which comes into effect in Australia on December 21 which demands businesses – with a turnover of more than 3 million smackers – give you all the information they have on file about you when you ask, or suffer eternal torment. It should be interesting to see who’s actually set up to be able to give it to you (without having to go through the dumpster out the back).
This isn’t a plug for IBC’s Privacy Services Unit, because I don’t work for them any more, but they have all the info you need to put a blowtorch under your bank manager this Christmas. Remember that when they give you gip about your credit card balance :-)

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