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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Government denies additional census privacy suggestions Related reading: Businesses sued for collection of employee biometric data

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The Australian government has refused to implement some privacy considerations into future iterations of its census after a controversial run last year, iTnews reports. The Senate Economics References Committee tabled 16 suggestions, with committee members Richard Di Natale, Nick Xenophon and Stirling Griff further advocating for an additional three, like making real names voluntary and adding controls to how data from the poll is shared with other agencies, the report states. While the government had previously accepted all but one of the 16 recommendations, it disregarded the MP's further three suggestions. It said that "the [Australian Bureau of Statistics] would not be able to provide a high-quality census without people's names" and that it already was transparent about data use. 
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