NSW Ambulance Class Action
Centennial Lawyers filed a class action in the Supreme Court of NSW on 20 November 2017 on behalf of all NSW Ambulance employees and contractors whose sensitive health and personal information was the subject of a mass data breach that occurred between 14 January 2013 and 1 February 2013.
MASS DATA BREACH
The sensitive personal and health information of NSW Ambulance workers was compromised when the NSW Ambulance Service allowed a contractor widespread access to its records and databases. The NSW Ambulance contractor was able to gather and sell the personal and health information of NSW Ambulance employees.
The statement of claim alleges breach of confidence, breach of contract, misleading and deceptive conduct and invasion of privacy (among other things), all of which are causes of action used in Australia to protect privacy interests.
The named defendants are NSW Ambulance and Waqar Malik, the contractor who has since been convicted of unlawfully disclosing the information.
The proceedings are being run as an open class and the lead plaintiff represents all employees and contractors whose information was breached.
Class actions can be commenced by one (or more) of the persons representing the class, where:-
- 7 or more persons have claims against the same person; and
- the claims of all those persons are in respect of, or arise out of, the same, similar or related circumstances; and
- the claims of all those persons give rise to a substantial common question of law or fact.
PRIVACY, AN EMERGING AREA OF LAW
The class action is one of the few of its kind in Australia that deals with a massive data breach by a government agency. Privacy law is emerging as an increasingly relevant area of law in today’s data driven society. An extensive amount of personal information is stored electronically by governmental agencies and it is vital that these vast information holdings are protected.
The class action has been commenced on behalf of all NSW employees and contractors affected by the breach.
There is no cost to join the class. Centennial Lawyers will only be paid if the action is successful as defined in the costs agreement with the lead plaintiff.
If you would like to register as a class member, please submit the form below.