Election Challenge – 2007
The Australian Privacy Foundation challenges Parties and candidates participating
in the 2007 Federal Election to make clear their positions on the following 8
8. Withdraw the Access Card Proposal, Make Appropriate Use of Smartcards
The 'Access Card' project has been shown up as an attempt to impose a national
identification scheme and an ill-conceived waste of taxpayers' money. The project
must be abandoned. A new project should be commenced to upgrade the Medicare card,
using smartcards to protect privacy as well as to assist agencies' operations
and support their social control objectives.
7. Strengthen Controls over Telemarketing
The valuable Do Not Call Register initiative has been seriously weakened by government
compliance with lobbying by industry and by political parties. These weaknesses
must be overcome.
6. Establish an Open Appointment Process for the Privacy Commissioner
Successive Privacy Commissioners have been appointed in secret by the Attorney-General.
They have been captured by the bureaucracy and by industry associations. The position
must be openly advertised, appointment criteria must be transparent, the selection
committee must be representative of the public rather than of the organisations
the appointee is meant to regulate, and the appointee must be attuned to the interests
of the public rather than those of government and business.
5. Prevent the Inappropriate Export of Personal Data
Many countries have even less protection for personal data than Australia. There
is supposed to be a prohibition against the export of personal data to such countries.
Yet corporations and government agencies are releasing data to places like India
and the USA. The Government and the Privacy Commissioner must fulfil their responsibility
to get those data flows back under control.
4. Establish Standards and Guidelines for Public Consultation
Many major government initiatives have substantial negative impacts on privacy
and other interests. But agencies are avoiding the involvement of the public in
their conception, design and implementation. Authoritative documents need to be
negotiated that set minimum standards, and that guide the more enlightened agencies
in the conduct of effective consultation processes.
3. Declare a Moratorium on All Biometrics and RFID-Tagging of Humans
The Biometrics industry is immature, is plagued by high error-rates and misinformation,
and is creating profound risks for the future of personal information security.
A significant number of grossly intrusive projects are in progress. They need
to be halted, pending public information and consultation processes, followed
by enactment of strong and enforceable laws regulating the use of all such technologies
by all agencies and corporations.
2. Cancel the 'KYC' Requirements Imposed on Businesses
Under the guise of anti-money-laundering provisions, so-called AML-CTF legislation
is about to come into effect. It substantially widens and deepens requirements
of business enterprises to 'Know Your Customer', far beyond the ‘100-point
check’. The enlistment of companies as State informers is not consistent
with a free and open society, but rather with East Germany under the Stasi.
1. Rollback all of the Unjustified 'Counter-Terrorism' Provisions
Many privacy-hostile measures have been enacted, on the pretext that they are
somehow necessary to protect public security. Changes are needed. All accesses
by all agencies, including all national security and law enforcement agencies,
require prior justification and a judicial warrant.