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:
Former ACCC chair pushes for industry self-regulation of data handling
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.
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.
This is the link to the page:
The chair has spoken on a 30 minute podcast with Michelle Grattan.
July 13, 2017 11.34am AEST
Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
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?
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Thursday, July 20, 2017