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Open Data Plan Raises Concerns

INFORMATION ACCESS—QUEENSLAND

April 4, 2013

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has unveiled the “Queensland Globe,” expected to better inform taxpayers and provide business opportunities. But the computer program’s reliance on multiple government data sets and plans for the release of previously classified information has raised privacy concerns. Newman says, however, that protecting the public’s privacy is paramount. “No private information will be released. We’ll be working with the privacy commissioner to ensure that the use of multiple data sources doesn’t inadvertently pinpoint one individual,” he says, adding “information is indeed the new currency,” and open data can help businesses gain the information they need to develop commercial applications.
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