Topic archives: australia privacy

The census cannot force you to give your name

July 14, 2016 13

Compelling Australians to give their names to the census taker is unconstitutional, writes Bill McLennan, Australian Statistician 1995-2000.

Optus customer data uploaded as debt collector tries to outsource own job

December 15, 2015 3

Whoopsies. Turns out you can't just hand out people's personal information just because you don't really want to be bothered with doing your job.

SPEECH: Paul Keating on privacy in the information age

SPEECH: Paul Keating on privacy in the information age

August 4, 2010 2

Former prime minister Paul Keating is delivering a speech to the Centre for Advance Journalism, University of Melbourne, tonight on the 'privacy imperative in the information age'. Crikey has the speech.

Privacy Oz style in a google world

October 3, 2008

For John Faulkner, the definitional challenge of privacy is resolved by empowering people to make their own decisions about what personal information becomes available, writes Bernard Keane.

Media and privacy II: we need a bill of rights

August 13, 2008 1

It is beyond argument that currently the Australian law does not adequately protect the right of all individuals in our society to privacy, writes Greg Barns

The West takes the public for fools over public interest

September 25, 2007 3

The West Australian got fundamental facts wrong in a story about the hospital system and refused to correct. Their defence? You guessed it – writing stories about inadequate health services is in the "public interest" and this means that the errors "were immaterial to the issue", writes Margaret Simons.