privacy and groups

To: Jonny Schoenjahn <>
Subject: privacy and groups
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:21:29 +1000
Perhaps it is due to the fact that the participants contributed to the sightings of the species reported by the authors, who feel obligated to share the credit. Of course, the flip side is that people may be more likely to go on future trips if know [of] people who have been on previous trips.

I don't think many birding participants would have a problem with being listed [unless something when wrong on the trip]. However, there may perhaps be a case for tour organisers to give participants the option to opt out of the list.

Regards, Laurie.

On 22/12/2010, at 6:05 PM, Jonny Schoenjahn wrote:

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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