A Current Affair has been found to have breached privacy rules earlier this year, the media watchdog has found.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority investigated two ACA broadcasts on 19 and 27 February around an “Uber thief.”
The first report was a segment about a passenger who had left their wallet in an Uber and alleged that a bank card from that wallet had been used by the driver of the car.
The second report was on the driver’s subsequent complaint to ACA about the first report, and included information about the driver’s background, identity and professional history.
ACMA determined Nine breached the driver’s privacy in disclosing a date of birth and details of their complaint about ACA in the second episode.
“A Current Affair has stumbled on this occasion, especially in regard to respecting a person’s right to privacy,” ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said.
“In this instance, the ACMA investigation found there were insufficient public interest grounds for the material to be broadcast.”
ACMA did not advise of any punishment but says Nine will include reference to this decision in future training materials.