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Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest | Australian Privacy Foundation says Centrelink flouted privacy rules Related reading: The IAPP's Privacy List goes live with new web conference series


The Australian Senate continued its inquiry into Centrelink's debt data-matching tool this week, hearing testimony from, among others, the Australian Privacy Foundation, which argued that Centrelink doesn't meet the government's own privacy standards, the Guardian reports. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner-issued guidelines stipulate that the government would release data-matching protocols and provide the public with advance notice of data-matching, allowing time for citizens to respond. "I can’t see any evidence that Centrelink did any of it, not one bit,” said APF Chairwoman Kat Lane. “To get to a situation where you have voluntary guidelines issued by a regulator that the government simply chooses to ignore is extremely disturbing.”
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