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Privacy Tool Relased by Austrailian Privacy Commissioner’s Office

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The office of the Privacy Commissioner of Australia has published an online tool to advise citizens on how to avoid Identity Theft. As we expected and are happy to see the interactive slide presentation does bring attention to the hazards of casually discarding personal information.  Similarly, on a separate slide, the presentation discusses the potential hazards of passing on computers when they contain sensitive information.  Unfortunately, they are advising citizens to “delete” such information before sending the computer on to its next life.  We worry that this will inadvertently perpetuate the misconception that the “delete” button on a computer removes the information. At best, it makes it a slight inconvenience to retrieve. 

See the ID Theft tool here.