Quote Of The Year

Timeless Quotes - Sadly The Late Paul Shetler - "Its not Your Health Record it's a Government Record Of Your Health Information"


H. L. Mencken - "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Data Governance Australia - They Might Be Way More Invasive And Privacy Destructive Than It Seems

Recently there has been a new report released on the use of all sorts of personal data captured during ordinary daily life.
The main players seem to be big business and they seem to want to make our life easier through mega-data capture everywhere – with some controls in place in the form of a voluntary code of conduct.
You can read all about the plans here:

DGA chair pushes back against ‘joint ownership’ model for data

Former ACCC chair pushes for industry self-regulation of data handling
Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 12 July, 2017 15:01
The chair of Data Governance Australia, Graeme Samuel, has argued against a Productivity Commission recommendation that would see consumers given greater control over data about them held by businesses.
The former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today used an address at the National Press Club to argue that any move to take too much control of data away from businesses would stifle innovation.
The Productivity Commission’s final report on Data Availability and Use recommended that individuals and small and medium businesses be given “a new Comprehensive Right to the use of their digital data.”
Lots more here:
Here is a link to the report etc.

Data Governance Australia (DGA) draft code of practice

19 Jun 2017
Data Governance Australia is developing a Code of Practice as part of an on-going effort to set leading industry standards, promote a culture of best practice, and to drive innovation by increasing consumer confidence and trust in the data practices of organisations.
Geographic Coverage: 
This is the link to the page:
The chair has spoken on a 30 minute podcast with Michelle Grattan.

Politics podcast: Graeme Samuel on data governance

July 13, 2017 11.34am AEST


  1. Michelle Grattan
Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra


  1. Graeme Samuel
Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Monash University
Many Australians are worried about the proliferation of data businesses and the government knowing too much about them.
Data Governance Australia chairman Graeme Samuel hopes that a self-regulatory code of conduct will raise the standards among data-driven organisations. Despite the pervasiveness of data in our daily lives, he argues most people don’t understand the extent to which organisations use it.
As a former regulator, Samuel regards government regulation of data as “second-best” and is “there to step in when there is market failure”. In drafting the code, he has consulted closely with businesses and the public to try to “anticipate community concerns into the foreseeable future”.
On the government’s My Health Record – which has been rolled out very slowly – he argues the benefits of a centralised system outweigh privacy concerns, although every effort needs to be made to protect the privacy of health records.
Here is the link:
This podcast has a lot of discussion in the middle section re the myHR, which Graeme Samuel thinks in the bees knees and he has no real privacy or security concerns – while admitting to not being across the details. I suspect he has not thought deeply about Health Information Privacy and discrimination.
Well worth a listen.
All in all I don’t really like the look of this much. I think I would like rather more access and control of my data than is being proposed. A little more balance might be good – what do you think?


Anonymous said...

It maybe a good example of where engaging with and having to address a broad spectrum of stakeholders means you bright idea takes to long to come to fruition. The show Utopia poked fun at this last night, underlying was an important message I thought, if you don't get even your conception right through open and full discussions then somewhere down the track at an even more expensive stage reality will burst your thought bubble.

The ADHA is avoiding engaging with anyone who has questions, Tim I observe is not allowing himself to be debated in anything other than staged and friendly situations.

Anonymous said...

Anon July 20 2017, 2:15 PM. More likely it demonstrates the brain drain across the APS and its relevant authorities and agency's. Anyone with half a clue about domain or subject matter has deserted the Government, those left result in this less than adequate return on tax payer investments.

This is not a swipe at inderviduals more that as the brain pool has depleted, those left do not have the resources to draw on