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Senate Committee Supports Health ID Bill, But Privacy Concerns Persist

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 16, 2010

Despite lingering concerns over its privacy implications, the Senate Community Affairs Committee has recommended passage of the Healthcare Identifiers Bill, The Australian reports. The committee members opposed to the bill issued a report stating, "Amendments are required to ensure the privacy of health consumers is maintained, and that individual identifiers cannot become de facto Australia Cards." The Australian Privacy Foundation, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre were among those who raised concerns about the plan during recent hearings on Health ID. Going forward, the committee recommends developing a plan to introduce the service over the next two years, the report states, and including a period for public comment before it goes into effect.
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