Outcomes - Selected Case Summaries



Accidental disposal of documents outside courts building

Informal Resolution | 09 April 2021

A member of the public found what appeared to be documents containing personal data lying by one of the bins outside the court building. The Judicial Administration investigated this apparent breach and determined that the vast majority of the documents were already in the public domain, although a few did contain personal data that had not been published. The accidental disposal of the documents in the garbage bin was likely caused by the overfilling of shredding bins during the lockdown period, along with the unavailability of regular cleaning staff.

We were satisfied with the measures taken by the data controller to ensure that such incident does not recur, including obtaining more shredding bins and reminders to staff about how to securely dispose of documents in an appropriate manner. The case was closed with no further action taken.