Family Planning NSW Data Breach

Katina Michael with Ally Crew, "Family Planning NSW Data Breach Financially Motivated", ABC Radio National Australia. May 14, 2018. on May 14, 2018 on May 14, 2018

Thanks to executive producer Eleni Psaltis.

Psychometrics, big data, data-driven approaches, microtargetting, and you

The damning evidence is mounting on CA. Today it was announced that CEO Alexander Nix has been suspended from his position given a Channel 4, UK covert sting recording.

Citation: Katina Michael with Cassie McCullagh, March 21, 2018, "Psychometrics, big data, data-driven approaches, microtargetting, and you", ABC Sydney Radio: FOCUS:

Personal Information Entrusted to Government Leaked to the Public

Podcast available here 

Centrelink and Veterans Leak Sources:



Centrelink Leak

Veterans Leak


Privacy Act 1998 Overview

Privacy Act 1998 Quick Ref.

Social Security Act 1991

Veterans Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures Bill 2017)

Data matching program:

Australian Privacy Principles include:

APP 1 — Open and transparent management of personal information

APP 2 — Anonymity and pseudonymity

APP 3 — Collection of solicited personal information

APP 4 — Dealing with unsolicited personal information

APP 5 — Notification of the collection of personal information

APP 6 — Use or disclosure of personal information

APP 7 — Direct marketing

APP 8 — Cross-border disclosure of personal information

APP 9 — Adoption, use or disclosure of government related identifiers

APP 10 — Quality of personal information

APP 11 — Security of personal information

APP 12 — Access to personal information

APP 13 — Correction of personal information


Citation: Katina Michael speaks with Trevor Chappell "The release of personal files from Centrelink and Veterans Affairs to journalists recently and some of the ramifications of this", ABC Radio - Overnights Producer Michael Pavlich. 4.20am-5am, 22 March 2017.

Highly sort places for Aussies to live

What does your address say about you?

Quite a bit, according to those behind a website that profiles people and estimates the household ­income.

But privacy advocates have expressed concerns after the Roy Morgan Research classification tool Helix Personas began allowing users to obtain profiles by ­entering a street address.


The site, which introduced the feature in recent weeks after opening for business last year, is marketed as being able to ­categorise every Aussie into one of 56 personas.

You can find out, free-of-charge, whether your persona is of a “Fit and Fab Metrotech”, a “Penny Wise Battler” or a “Done Good Aussie Achiever”.

Residents of households in inner suburban streets are likely to find themselves profiled as well-educated and career-­focused renters with a “Big ­Future” bringing in $96,000.

Meanwhile those in a growing urban-fringe area may be categorised as “Getting By” on a household income of $79,000.

The site has been touted as potentially useful to retailers ­trying to determine where to ­locate future outlets.

However, Australian Privacy Foundation vice-chair Katina Michael said companies applying profiles could get it dramatically wrong or right.

Michael said that consumers had a choice to make in light of the “big data” trend, which often mischaracterised people.“We can continue to believe the rhetoric that says ‘We are doing no harm to individuals, it is hardly tracking when profiling small neighbourhoods’ ... or we can begin to demand an end to the on-selling of personal information,” she said.

Citation: Lachlan Hastings, May 23, 2014 "Highly sort places for Aussies to live", MX (Brisbane), p. 4.

What is Uberveillance? IEEE Technology News

Uberveillance, a newly emerging term in the name of national security, refers to surveillance that applies across all space and all time and supports some organisation that is omniscient, at least relative to some person or object. Uberveillance insists on embedding the surveillance mechanism within the person or object to be monitored and sends the report to the monitoring organisation periodically or continuously. With this will our society become more safe to live in or will it be heading towards self-destruction through the denial of the very freedoms of individuals?

IEEE Staff. "What is uberveillance?" IEEE Technology News, August 6, 2010.