privacy and groups

To: Birding-Aus <>
Subject: privacy and groups
From: Jonny Schoenjahn <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:05:30 +0800
Hi all

Whilst this is not essentially a bird topic, I wish to raise the question why 
group-trip reports on birding-aus sometimes come with a list of the 
participants. This includes reports from commercial tours.

Australian privacy law make it clear that prior permission should be obtained 
(in writing?) from tour participants before disclosing any private information 
about them. The authors of trip reports should maybe keep this in mind when 
posting to avoid any unintended consequences.

Much of the rest of the world, in particular Europe and North America, is very 
definite about not disclosing any private information to anyone, and I think 
the disclosure of passenger lists or information about guests or tour 
participants without explicit permission would qualify as a breach of the 
privacy aspect.

Although bird tour operators, pelagic trip organizers etc. probably don't have 
to worry about safety issues, as e.g. airlines do, I wonder why they want to 
publish the names of participants.


Jonny Schoenjahn
Perth WA

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