|The Australian Productivity Commission is going to revolutionize the way personal data is collected and processed in the country. The Commission is calling on the federal government to grant consumers a “comprehensive right” in order to give them far greater control over their personal information. The Productivity Commission has released a draft report titled Data Availability and Use, which calls for a new data framework.
According to the report, Australians need the right to view information collected on them, to request edits and corrections, and to be advised of disclosure of their information to third parties. The report suggests that consumers should also have the right to opt out of data collection in some cases, as well as to obtain a “machine-readable” copy of their information, which could be passed from one service provider to another.
The Productivity Commission explains that data is an asset, and when you create an asset you should have the right to use it, or not, at your choice. However, individuals have no rights to ownership of the data that is collected about them. This is why it suggested the creation of a comprehensive right to data control for consumers, which would also allow people to opt-out of data collecting activities. The Commission emphasized that the existing privacy laws would not be affected and remain in place.
The report warns that Australia is falling quickly behind the United Kingdom and New Zealand in its use of data for research, which means that the country needs to allow broader and faster access to various datasets for important research, so the regulatory frameworks and protections for data collection need reform.
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
|posted by (2016-11-06 06:13:22)|
|When it's in secret there is nothing you can do about it. They can tell the user whatever they want to make whoever more comfortable.||
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