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ABS - Independent and Public Privacy Impact Assessment on Multi-Agency Data Interchange Project (MADIP) (2017)

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On 4 April 2018 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published an independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Multi-Agency Data Interchange Project (MADIP) completed by Galexia.

The ABS (and the 6 partner agencies in MADIP) accepted all 14 recommendations in the PIA.  

Galexia was engaged by the ABS to provide independent advice on the large-scale data interchange between the ABS and other Government agencies. This PIA reflects a growing interest in ensuring that privacy and security concerns are addressed in the integration of data for research purposes.

The Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) proposes to bring important national datasets together to explore how the Australian Government can make better use of existing public data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes.

There are six Commonwealth agencies working together on the MADIP:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics,
  • Australian Taxation Office,
  • Department of Education and Training,
  • Department of Health,
  • Department of Human Services, and
  • Department of Social Services.

As part of the PIA process Galexia also consulted with the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

In accepting the PIA recommendations, the ABS has agreed to boost openness, transparency and security arrangements for the project. 

The PIA and the Government's response to the 14 recommendations are available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/ABS+Privacy+Impact+Assessments



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