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Data Sharing By Commonwealth.

Old 15th Sep 2020, 21:42
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Data Sharing By Commonwealth.

‘’Not only is Government collecting more and more data on all of us, it now wants to share it more easily.

I assume CASA would wish to partake in such a sharing, not because of any direct relationship with aviation safety but because of the institutional cachet of having access as well as the power it confers for enforcement purposes.

Consider what could happen in a case for example. where there is a dispute between a pilot or an aviation business owner and CASA. CASA could potentially have access to the targets full financial and family situation, travel history, employment history and so on.

I am leaving out any reference to Avmed. The issue there is plain enough.

The danger I see in these proposals is always the same; a power imbalance between Government and the governed that will always be exploited for evil purposes. The result will be that people’s trust levels will be further reduced and they will compensate by telling Government less about themselves than they should as well as deliberately avoiding engaging.
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Old 15th Sep 2020, 23:32
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I have bad but nonetheless unsurprising news for you, Sunfish: CASA and other agencies have been accessing telecommunications data about us, without warrant, for a couple of years now. Google “Metadata requests top 350,000”.

This from a submission by Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security review of the mandatory data retention regime:

25. The OAIC is aware of reported instances of certain bodies not permitted to access telecommunications data under the TIA Act, including federal, state and local agencies, requesting access to data under provisions of the Telecommunications Act.[37]This matter has been raised previously during the Committee’s hearings on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018.[38]We understand that generally, these bodies have relied on alternate legislative provisions, namely, ss 280(1)(b) and s 313 of the Telecommunications Act, which:

- allow the ‘disclosure or use of information of a document if… the disclosure or use is required or authorised by or under law’, thereby allowing agencies to use their own powers to seek access to such data, and

- require carriers, ‘carriage service providers’ and carriage service intermediaries to ‘give officers and authorities of the Commonwealth and of the States and Territories such help as is reasonably necessary’ for law enforcement purposes.
Huge loopholes through which safety crusaders have been easily driving bullock wagons.
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