Marriage Equality Ballot Barcodes Worry Privacy Experts

Marriage Equality Ballot Barcodes Worry Privacy Experts

Privacy experts have voiced their concerns regarding personal identifiers on ballots for the same-sex marriage postal vote that will be sent out September 12.

Monique Mann, co-chair of the surveillance committee of the Australian Privacy Foundation says that the identifiers may expose the Australian Bureau of Statistics to hacking or insider threats.

The ABS previously announced that the survey responses would be kept anonymous and protected under the secrecy provisions. However, they quietly withdrew these assurances from their website last Friday.

Director of the privacy law practice Salinger Privacy, Anna Johnston said the sudden change in stance showed a “disturbing” lack of proper consideration for privacy impacts of the same-sex marriage survey

Source: The Guardian

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