Privacy not at risk in Medicare, Centrelink merger: OAIC
Chloe Herrick reports:
The impending merger of Medicare Australia and Centrelink under new legislation will not trample Australians’ privacy according to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
In its submission to the Senate community affairs committee (PDF) Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim – one of three commissioners at the OAIC – argued the merger would continue to ensure citizens’ privacy under existing strictures on the way government agencies could use personal information, as well as requirements to ensure secrecy provisions could operate effectively post-integration under the bill.
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