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- 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)
- 'Secure the Internet', Signup to Global Open Letter (11 Jan 2016)
- Privacy Tort, Submission to NSW Parliamentary Inquiry (15 Dec 2015)
- eHealth Bill – Senate Committee on Community Affairs Report, Letter to Senators (10 Nov 2015)
- National Facial Recognition Database, Letter to ACT Attorney-General (6 Nov 2015), and the reply (18 Dec 2015)
- PCEHR (Information Commissioner Enforcement Powers) Guidelines, Submission to OAIC (2 Nov 2015)
- Opt-Out and the PCEHR, Letter to Senators (30 Oct 2015)
- Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015, Submission to Senate Standing Committee On Community Affairs (28 Oct 2015)
- Authority for Release of Photographs, Letter to NSW Privacy Commissioner (22 Oct 2015)
- Health Privacy Resources for Providers and Consumers, Submission to OAIC (20 Oct 2015)
- French Mass Surveillance Bill, Endorsement of Letter to the French Assembly, and another, mirror here (30 Sep 2015)
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 information page for further details.
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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