Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Government Seems To Have A Bit Of A Blind Spot As Far As Citizen’s Privacy Is Concerned.

This came to my attention last week:

Balancing the ledger: accounting for the year in privacy

This Friday it will be the end-of-financial-year here in Australia, which means it’s time for a stock-take: see where we are at, count the positives and negatives, and determine our net position.  Are we in the red or the black?
So today, rather than reconcile the Salinger Privacy petty cash receipts, I thought I would do a stock-take of the year in privacy, reviewing both positives and negatives.
Herewith I present to you the Privacy Ledger for the Australian Government, FY 2016-17.
First, the privacy-positive side of the ledger:
But then there’s also the privacy-negative side of the ledger:
It’s not exactly a well-balanced ledger, is it?
This litany of privacy disasters, solely from the Australian Government and just in the past 12 months, simply doesn’t square with the rhetoric about government having or obtaining the social licence necessary for more data-sharing and data analytics.
Read on here for a thoughtful discussion of what this all means.
Jinx, when all the stories from the last year are brought together they would seem to rather show a pattern of rather callous disregard of the right of citizens to have their personal data properly protected and for the Government to err on the side of caution rather than being quite so cavalier with how our data is used.
As I have remarked previously this list makes a very strong case for keeping any sensitive personal information well away from the Government and the myHR! The news from a few hours ago on the Medicare Card leak is all you need to know!
David.

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