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    I don't get any letters

    Also did you purchase TV during your hospital stay? Usually the TV hire is run by the hospital foundation, not the hospital itself so that's possibly where they could have gotten your details. I highly doubt they got it from your medical chart.

    Also tell me more about this Department of Social Security you give your details to...... We don't have that in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    I don't get any letters

    Also did you purchase TV during your hospital stay? Usually the TV hire is run by the hospital foundation, not the hospital itself so that's possibly where they could have gotten your details. I highly doubt they got it from your medical chart.

    Also tell me more about this Department of Social Security you give your details to...... We don't have that in Australia.
    When I was little it was called social security.

    I find it hard to believe anyone is accessing medical records, sheesh I couldn't even get my own records without all the ID in my wallet and consent from the Dr who wrote the part I was after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama and her little bear View Post
    Its gotten to the point here I don't answer my home phone, no point it'll just be a charity, tellimarketer or scam.

    They call at dinner time, i've had calls at 7 am before too, it makes me grumpy and frustrated as I haven't signed up to anything, I don't provide my home phone for anything as I don't buy, donate or subscribe to anything via phone or door knock
    Me too! Sometimes I consider having the damn thing turned off!

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    I highly doubt that these organisations have access to medical files. I do know that if your in a shopping centre and you fill out coupons for things such as the people trying to get you to enter competitions to win money or a voucher etc when buying roller shutters and such, those forms apparently get shared with other organisations, I never enter those such things. I don't actually get any of this junk mail stuff in the mail either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama and her little bear View Post
    Its gotten to the point here I don't answer my home phone, no point it'll just be a charity, tellimarketer or scam.

    They call at dinner time, i've had calls at 7 am before too, it makes me grumpy and frustrated as I haven't signed up to anything, I don't provide my home phone for anything as I don't buy, donate or subscribe to anything via phone or door knock
    You need to register on the "do not call" register. We have a private number anyway but have listed our number also on the register just in case and have listed mil"s number on it too which isn't a private number. We don't get any calls and she doesn't either.

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    OP you really need to contact the Privacy Commissioner at the OAIC.

    Information held by hospitals is governed very strictly.

    Similarly, companies have stringent obligations with respect to discussing an account with anyone other than the account holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I highly doubt that these organisations have access to medical files. I do know that if your in a shopping centre and you fill out coupons for things such as the people trying to get you to enter competitions to win money or a voucher etc when buying roller shutters and such, those forms apparently get shared with other organisations, I never enter those such things. I don't actually get any of this junk mail stuff in the mail either.
    Yeps even stuff like when purchasing flights with Jetstar/Virgin you need to make sure you untick the box that says something "I give permission for my information to be shared with our partners" or "I want to recieve information about your partners promotions etc".

    It's usually something in tiny writing at the bottom of the page that is automatically ticked.

    FWIW the only mail I get is official mail from the government (licence, registration, electoral roll), bank, insurance company and the occasional letter from the blood bank because I'm a blood donor.

    The only phone call I have ever gotten from someone trying to sell me something was Telstra (and my mobile phone is with Telstra) wanting to know if I was interested in getting an iPad because I already have an iPhone.

    I must be doing something right.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama and her little bear View Post
    Its gotten to the point here I don't answer my home phone, no point it'll just be a charity, tellimarketer or scam.

    They call at dinner time, i've had calls at 7 am before too, it makes me grumpy and frustrated as I haven't signed up to anything, I don't provide my home phone for anything as I don't buy, donate or subscribe to anything via phone or door knock
    I let the 2 year old answer, they stopped calling for a while. Now I've let the cordless phone go flat, no one I know has my home number, I don't even know it.

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    with the salvos. If you have donated money at red shield time and then asked for a tax receipt the details you fill in are then ented on data base and then sometimes they send you donation requests in future (my husband and i used to work for them doing welfare) so its possible that thats how they were able to know your details.
    I haven't donated but regardless, if I did they still aren't allowed to use that information. The only reason you fill that out is for taxation purposes.

    Social Security/Centrelink/Dept Human Services = same thing.

    Nancy, I have contacted the Privacy Commissioner and I am awaiting a response.

    I'm not accusing the hospital of accessing my files for my details for marketing, btw. I am simply investigating a suggestion that was made to see if it holds any weight and you know what, the amount of umms and ahss and I-don't-knows and roadblocks I've gotten since inquiring has really piqued my interest.

    When I get a response I'll update this thread.

    I just think that especially in this day and age it's vitally important to be very aware of where your personal information is, what people do and can do with it and what your rights are under the Privacy Act.

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    I second the Do Not Call Register. It has made a huge difference to us.

    A while back I had a call from someone wanting to do research. I thought, 'fine I'll do it. I have opinions '

    Well, about halfway through the call it dawned on me that they were simply gauging my interests/sympathies for things so that they could sign me up to various charities. I was so annoyed and confronted the caller about it, to which she eventually conceded that was correct. So I told her she had to remove my name from every database it had been entered onto, and if I so much as heard boo from any of her organisations there would be big trouble.

    She was very sheepish and I could her a lot of tapping away in the background so I'm pretty sure she did remove my info, but sheesh, I was so annoyed.


 

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