|According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, citizens refusing to answer questions in the 2016 census (scheduled for 9 August) related to privacy concerns over retention of their personal data may face fines. The Bureau was going to retain name and address information to create a relevant statistical picture of Australia.
However, privacy and civil rights groups criticized these plans, as they allegedly constitute a serious invasion of privacy and put personal information of people at risk. The retention of such information provides an enormous amount of personal data.
Apparently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics failed to explain the changes, so the rights groups called on it to reverse the decision on the way the personal information will now be stored. As a result, there are concerns about the potential boycott of the census on privacy grounds.
In the meantime, the lawyers point out that failing or refusing to answer a question in the census can be a punishable offence if a person receives a direction to complete a form. The maximum penalty is a $180 fine per question, but the refusal to answer several questions in the form could significantly increase the fine. The Australian Bureau of Statistics admitted that for the 2011 census, there were about 1,300 notices of direction issued and 78 prosecution actions approved.
The civil rights and privacy groups also pointed out that there are concerns over how securely that information would be stored and whether it could be provided to third parties. The problem is that the government could make regulations in the future to allow information from the census to be disclosed to someone else, even despite the law preventing the disclosure of information if it can enable identification of a person.
Other media reports reveal that the proposal originally was to collect the names and addresses for an indefinite period, but the Australian statistician recently explained that he was going to permanently destroy the name and address information by 2020. According to the official, the names and addresses would be removed from other personal household data and stored in a separate database in order to ensure an additional protection.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
|Australian Bureau of Statistics are crazy. i have had a few runs with them. Now I just make up the figures, I do not know. 1,2,3,1,2,3 etc|
|thats what i was thinking as well whats to stop people from just entering bogus information. Your not refusing to comply with the direction, but the information provided can be of no use if its bullshit right?|
|posted by (2016-07-27 16:54:06)|
|When Statistics or a census ask questions so that the prying eyes of a government can a gleen that private information that identifies you, then, that census stops being anonymous and a high risk. I agree with "rearrunner" that people should fudge their information at those questions to fulfil a lawful requirement of answering every question. What it does is make the census inaccurate and eventually render large parts of it useless.|
|I think Australia wants to be the next America. And we all know what path that will lead to|
|It doesn't even matter if the answers are honest just that there are answers lol|
|Yes Answer up. Just like a informal vote on the ballet paper.|
|"In the meantime, the lawyers point out that failing or refusing to answer a question in the census can be a punishable offence if a person receives a direction to complete a form"(everyone must complete a form in australia)|
no where does it say we can't exercise our rights as bullshit artists!!
the government are the pillars of our society and are the biggest crap mungers in australia!!
so i choose to eminate them and tell some vague piece near truth and a lot of shit....i might run this ountry one day ...yippee lol
|When i answer questions in a census i play dice, if i got a number higher than the number of possible answers i through the dice again, it's quite funny, and my kids love it|
|posted by (2016-07-28 04:53:17)|
|I am 40. Never voted, never done census. Democracy is supposed to be about choice.|
|In the UK people put their religion down as Jedi in their census. So many people did it that it was accepted as a religion if I hear correctly (can't be assed to Google).|
|I've had so called anonymous surveys sent from local public hospital visit about treatment etc. When I hadn't filled it in or returned it, I was sent a reminder that I hadn't returned the completed 'anonymous' survey. I phoned the number for further question or queries and was assured that my survey would remain completely 'Anonymous' even though after giving my survey number was told my name and address. We are supposedly living in a free speech country I thought all my life, but are now forced in so many ways to give up our privacy for these surveys, census and other things. And not to mention all the words or expression we cannot use as it might upset or label something or someone. The Government knows more about us than we do!|
|posted by (2016-07-30 13:47:12)|
|Yeh kinda annoyed that its now online, can't draw dick and balls for every answer any more|
|posted by (2016-08-09 23:04:56)|
|Census Site was hacked 4 times last night GRRR||
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