Media Release: #censusfail Demonstrates Urgent Need for Privacy Review

In light of the Australian Census website being shut down last night following allegations of a cyberattack, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has called for an immediate review of the new policy that names and addresses of respondents be stored by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Even prior to the attack, numerous technology experts severely criticised the data retention policy, with politicians such as Senator Xenophon stating they would refuse to complete the census due to privacy concerns.

“If we can’t trust the ABS to run the census, we can’t trust them to keep our data safe” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.

“The Australian Bureau of Statistics repeatedly promised that there was no chance that servers would be overloaded on census day. This promise proved to be a lie. In light of these developments it is vital that the policy that personal data linked to individuals names and stored be reviewed

“The evidence is now overwhelming that security vulnerabilities exist that could be exploited by malicious hackers and that Australians are overwhelmingly opposed to their privacy being violated. Minister McCormack must demonstrate strong leadership and order an immediate review to ensure Australians right to privacy is respected”

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Tim Andrews
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Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
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