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Gov't Increases Census Security

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

August 12, 2011

Government officials are increasing security measures for the national census amid concerns about hacking and privacy, the Herald Sun reports. For those who submit the 9 August survey electronically, it will employ encryption technology frequently used in electronic banking, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Queensland Census Director Sally Pritchard said that after the ABS processes the submitted data, names are removed. "There's hefty fines and punishments for anyone who breaches the strict privacy conditions or divulges confidential information," she said, adding that the data would not be shared with any other agencies.
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