The federal government plans to issue a Big Data strategy later this year, and, CIO reports, the Australian Government Information Management Office will release an issues paper seeking feedback from industry and the public. After the three-week consultation period ends, a draft is expected in May, and a final report is expected in June or July, the report states. According to one expert, the strategy “will be designed to assist policy agencies as they consider Big Data…while importantly maintaining public trust in the management and security of its data holdings.” He added, “The Australian government is committed to protecting the privacy rights of the public” and said an informed consent mechanism must be in place for citizens.
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