After failing to sell Dick Smith as a going concern, receivers Ferrier Hodgson are now trying to sell the company’s New Zealand and Australian assets, including customer databases. But does the Privacy Act 1993 allow it?
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Pharmacy2U Ltd (UK’s largest NHS approved online pharmacy) BGP$130,000 for selling more than 20,000 customers’ personal data to marketing companies without their informed consent.
The Commissioner emphasised that Pharmacy2U:
- ought to have known that its customers had a reasonable expectation of confidentiality when using an online pharmacy, especially when the company’s own website described the service as “discreet and confidential”, and
- should have displayed a notice in a prominent position on its website which provided its customers with a simple way to opt out of the sale of their personal data to third party organisations.
Link (ICO): ICO’s Decision