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- Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), Submission to Digital Transformation Office (23 Aug 2016)
- Privacy Commissioner v. Telstra, Amicus Curiae Application to the Federal Court (23 Aug 2016)
- Census 2016, second letter to PM, re: cloud hosting (4 Aug 2016), and the empty reply (9 Aug 2016)
- Census 2016, letter to the Prime Minister (2 Aug 2016)
- Data Availability and Use, Submission to Productivity Commission (29 Jul 2016)
- Big Data and the APPs, Submission to OAIC (26 Jul 2016)
- Election Challenge – 2016, Revised graphic display (1 Jul 2016), after a very late (and dismal) Coalition response
- Privacy and the 2016 Census by former statistician Bill McLennan (30 Jun 2016)
- Election Challenge – 2016, Summary of Results, and graphic display (23 Jun 2016)
- Election Challenge – 2016, Invitation to Parties contesting the Federal Election in July 2016 (12 May 2016)
- National Digital Health Strategy, Submission to Dept of Health (14 Apr 2016)
- Put a stop to invasive Stingray surveillance, Signup to International Campaign (18 Mar 2016)
- Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Submission to Joint Standing Ctee on Treaties (10 Mar 2016)
- Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015, Submission to Attorney-General's Dept (4 Mar 2016)
- Census 2016 and PIA, Submission to Australian Bureau of Statistics (12 Feb 2016), and the reply (19 Feb 2016), and a further reply (31 Mar 2016)
- NSW mGov Service, Letter to NSW Privacy Commissioner (6 Feb 2016)
- Re-appointment of Information Commissioner, Submission to Attorney-General (2 Feb 2016), and the vacuous reply (2 Mar 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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