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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

National Access Card privacy issues given new nod

The Federal Minister for Human Services' media release about the National Access Card legislation introduced today (see item below) has a couple of new twists - the Consumer and Privacy Task Force has been asked to undertake a Privacy Impact Assessment "before issues around privacy are resolved in subsequent legislation", and the Bill is to be referred to a 5 week Senate inquiry. New Smartcard Legislation Introduced.

The Privacy Impact Assessment completed before the project was publicly launched has never been released, despite assurances given by the former minister Joe Hockey.

I'm sure that's not the plan for the new assessment, but interestingly the media release makes no mention of public disclosure.

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