Assignment 3

Instructions for group activity.

  1. Self-organise into a group of 3

  2. Find a common interest area in a given discipline. This might be the field you work in; an area you’ve been reflecting on recently; or what you think is the most pressing application area of big data today.

  3. Search for an online data set. It might be one from the following web sites:

Now interrogate a piece of legislation from your home country related to privacy. For example, if you are an Australian, you might wish to investigate the Australian Privacy Principles underlying the Australian Privacy Act.

While the APPs are not prescriptive, each APP entity needs to consider how the principles apply to its own situation. The principles cover:

the open and transparent management of personal information including having a privacy policy

an individual having the option of transacting anonymously or using a pseudonym where practicable

the collection of solicited personal information and receipt of unsolicited personal information including giving notice about collection

how personal information can be used and disclosed (including overseas)

maintaining the quality of personal information

keeping personal information secure

right for individuals to access and correct their personal information

There are also separate APPs that deal with the use and disclosure of personal information for the purpose of direct marketing (APP 7), cross-border disclosure of personal information (APP 8) and the adoption, use and disclosure of government related identifiers (APP 9).

Sensitive information

The APPs place more stringent obligations on APP entities when they handle ‘sensitive information’. Sensitive information is a type of personal information and includes information about an individual's:

health (including predictive genetic information)

racial or ethnic origin

political opinions

membership of a political association, professional or trade association or trade union

religious beliefs or affiliations

philosophical beliefs

sexual orientation or practices

criminal record

biometric information that is to be used for certain purposes

biometric templates.



Fill out the following questions in a group. One for each group.

What kinds of data does your group consider as sensitive? *
You can tick as many options as you wish.