Australian Broadcasting Corporation Breached Privacy By Showing Dating Profile

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation was found to have breached privacy regulations by showing a real-life dating profile during a Newshour segment discussing online scams.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigated the incident, concluding that the corporation had breached privacy rules by showing the face, age, and first name of a dating app user on television.

An article from AdNews explains the footage has now been removed from the corporation’s archive, and the findings have been shared with the relevant media staff.

“Media intrusion into a person’s private life without consent must be justified to be in the public interest”, said Nerida O’Loughlin, Chair of the ACMA.

“There is a clear public interest in reporting on online scamming, however there are limits to the type of personal information that should be disclosed in a news report. In this case, there was no justifiable reason to identify the person and the ABC did not undertake adequate measures to ensure their privacy”, she added.

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