Defending your right to control your personal information

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My Health Record

This is the latest brand name for the Australian government-controlled online copy of parts of your health information. From 2012 until 2015 it was called the ‘Personally-Controlled Electronic Health Record’ (PCEHR). It is not designed for patients, and it is not designed for health care professionals. And it’s being foisted on you.

The 2016 Census

APF led the fight against the retention of identifiers with Census data. The ABS conducted an internal assessment, avoided engaging with the public, ignored the evidence provided to it, implemented a system with abysmal security precautions, crashed on Census night – yet no-one was sacked.

Australia Card (again)

The descendants of the public servants who tried to impose the Australia Card scheme in 1987 keep trying to achieve the same result. The Access Card, the mygov Portal, and national document and photograph ‘verification’ services are just some of the attempts that the APF has worked to defeat.

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News

Earlier this week, a global coalition of civil society organisations, including the Australian Privacy Foundation, submitted to the Council of Europe its comments on how to protect human rights when developing new rules on cross-border access to electronic evidence (“e-evidence”). The Council of Europe is currently preparing an additional protocol to the Cybercrime Convention. European Digital Rights (EDRi)’s Executive Director Joe McNamee handed the comments over to Mr. Alexander Seger, the Executive Secretary of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) of the Council of Europe.

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The Australian Government’s intention to pursue new and increased powers to access encrypted communications via statutorily required ‘backdoors’ has been met with wide-ranging privacy and information security concerns.On 5 October 2017, a panel of encryption experts, international privacy law experts, academics, politicians, digital rights advocates, and journalists will unpack the social and technical consequences of… Read More

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This week ID information from the financial records of over 120 million people in the United States was hacked – the latest reminder that IT security failure is a global epidemic. Health records are just as valuable to hackers. The current system for storing and using health records in Australia is hopelessly deficient. But with lousy data security, and a world where data breaches are a daily event, the Australian Government’s reluctance to fix this problem is looking negligent!

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Wireless medical devices need greater security than, say, an internet-connected fridge. We need to ensure that information provided by the devices is safeguarded and that control of the devices – implantable or otherwise – is not compromised. Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration must learn to deal with software and cybersecurity, rather than simply bits of metal and plastic.

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Join the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia, Future Wise, and the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre at ThoughtWorks Brisbane office for a critical conversation about surveillance politics, international dimensions of privacy law, the contested moral legitimacy of encryption backdoors, encryption for journalists and current civil society campaigns in this area.

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Many Australians are unaware of current police and intelligence powers when it comes to accessing our data. As the government lobbies for new levels of access, that needs to change.

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