Landmark privacy case won by an Australian worker refusing to give his fingerprints to his employer

22 May 2019

According to Business Insider, an Australian worker won a landmark case against his employer after he was sacked for refusing to provide his fingerprints at the office administration. The worker asserted to have ownership on his fingerprints and that requiring him to give them was contrary to the Australian Privacy Act.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

 

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