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- Robot-Goverment and the Social Welfare System, Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs (22 Mar 2017)
- Human Rights Protections, Policy Statement (5 Mar 2017)
- National Digital Health Strategy, Submission to Australian Digital Health Agency (29 Jan 2017)
- Review of the Information Privacy Act (Qld), Submission to Queensland Attorney-General (19 Jan 2017)
- The Imminent Threat of Automated Government in Centrelink and Health, Media Release (18 Jan 2017)
- Data Retention – Access in Civil Proceedings, Submission to Dept of Communications (13 Jan 2017)
- Data Availability and Use, Second Submission to Productivity Commission (19 Dec 2016)
- Re-Identification Offence Bill, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (16 Dec 2016)
- Open Government National Action Plan, Supplementary Submission to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (24 Nov 2016)
- Open Government National Action Plan, Submission to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (18 Nov 2016)
- Review of ACCAN (Telecomms Act s.593), Submission to Dept of Communications (18 Nov 2016)
- De-registration of Calling Number Display Code, Submission to ACMA (31 Oct 2016), and ACMA's business-serving reply (6 Nov 2016)
- Census 2016, Supplementary Submission to Senate Economic References Committee (31 Oct 2016)
- Draft PIA Guide, Submission to NSW Privacy Commissioner (14 Oct 2016)
- Census 2016, Submission to Senate Economic References Committee (27 Sep 2016)
- Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), Further Letter to Digital Transformation Office (25 Sep 2016)
- A Possible Human Rights Act, Submission to Queensland Parliament's Legal and Community Safety Committee (29 Aug 2016)
NEW:Board member Katina Michael on
'The Data Key Hole: Privacy, Security and Civil Liberties ';
NEW: Past APF Chair Anna Johnston's
'Why I'm taking leave of my Census';
letter to PM;
Thoughtworks open letter;
and the 2016 Census by former statistician Bill McLennan, and IA
version with external links
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has decided to permanently
keep names and addresses for the Census due this year. The purpose of
the Census is meant to be to collect
aggregated data for planning purposes. It is a breach of trust to turn
it into a giant database with highly personal information linked to our
names and addresses.
The APF is campaigning against these changes. Please get involved in the campaign
by complaining to your local member and the ABS.
See APF's Census page for more.
Privacy and Health-Care Data
The Australian Privacy Foundation recognises that electronic
records carefully designed to support clinicians can assist with health care.
These record systems need to enable health professionals to make better
decisions, be intuitive to use, be adaptable and in no way make their
jobs harder than they are already.
Unfortunately, simplistic IT solutions that gather large amounts of raw,
un-managed patient data, which can be matched with other data sources,
which are onerous to use, and which are easily accessible over the
internet can create far more insidious problems than they solve. In our
opinion the My Health Record falls into all these categories.
Furthermore, the gung-ho attitude of technology specialists and the
politically driven decision to make the My Health Record opt-out means
that patient trust, patient choice and patient care are being put at
The government should take a long hard look at the reality of the My
Health Record and realise that opt-out is not a good idea. It should
certainly not try and move the health data of the whole Australian
population into it such a poorly designed and risky system.
APF provides a more balanced view of the My Health Record System
than the government's promotional materials:
APF's MyHR Campaign Page
APF's Information Page on MyHR
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