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CLA Says Gov’t Merger Threatens Privacy

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

April 1, 2011

Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) is criticizing the merger of two government agencies, saying it is going forward “without proper examination of the privacy ramifications.” The merging of Centrelink and Medicare into one entity--the Department of Human Services--“is highly threatening to both the quality of the services provided to citizens and their privacy,” CLA states, adding that the move has been planned absent public consultation and that the required Privacy Impact Assessment “appears to have been conducted in secret” and “no report was published,” among other criticisms.
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