Personal Information Entrusted to Government Leaked to the Public

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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)

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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.

Who Can Watch Whom Under the Law?

Who can watch whom under the law? Is it ethical to release CCTV footage to to the public? What comes first, citizen privacy or state protection? These are all questions that have come up in the wake of the exposure of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. As the Royal Commission into the matter begins, we are left wondering what further exposure may reveal. This raises the ethical question of whether or not CCTV footage is ethical and how its role within society can affect individuals. However the ethics and laws around CCTV footage remain murky. Dr Katina Michael, professor from the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong, joined us on the show to discuss these issues. 

Produced by Brooke Taylor and Annie Lewis

Katina Michael with Sean Britten, August 15, 2106, "Who can watch whom under the law?", 2SERFM,