Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State Senator Joe Ludwig spoke on "Confidence in a Digital Age"at the Australian Privacy Awards Dinner last week, primarily about three areas of the proposed privacy reforms that he says will contribute to confidence: the Openness Principle, one of several new Privacy Principles; meeting the challenge of new and emerging technologies; and strengthening the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
But no mention of issues raised recently by Professor Graham Greenleaf of the University of NSW in Australian IT that the Government's proposals for safeguards for the transfer of personal information outside Australia exposed us to Nigerian scammers, American spammers and Russian mafia-hardly a confidence booster. Greenleaf is supported by Galexia privacy law expert Chris Connolly who in this earlier Australian IT report said all of the positive reforms were "completely overwhelmed by the failure to protect data when it is sent offshore". Former Federal Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton in the same article thought these concerns were overstated.
Congratulations to award winners. The Victorian Department of Justice was the Grand Award winner ( a standout for this range of initiatives). Other winners were: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Symantec Government Award), Australian Health Management (Large Business Award), Loyalty Pacific - FlyBuys (Small-Medium Business Award), and the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (Community and NGO Award). Privacy advocate Dr Roger Clarke was named as the recipient of the Australian Privacy Medal 2009.