Feeds

NSW privacy exemption shares personal data with private sector

Upside - it'll help at-risk kids; Downside - New Zealand did it first

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

The New South Wales (NSW) Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) has issued a direction to privacy officers across the state that they are to share some personal data with the private sector.

The data will come from the Department of Attorney General & Justice's files on young people who have committed an offence, which is stored in the COPS database. That data will be handed off to non-government service providers selected as suppliers under the Youth On Track program, a scheme “designed to prevent young people from becoming entrenched in criminal behaviour.”

Youth On Track does so, in part, through data sharing: the point of sending files from COPS to private providers is to give them the data they need to plan timely interventions that keep young people who look like they're headed for jail into education or work. Some of the shared data will of necessity be personal.

The program may sound familiar to Reg readers who recall a similar program in New Zealand. That program was implemented to save money: it costs much less to work with someone and steer them towards a productive life than it does to treat them as a lifelong “client” of the criminal justice system.

New Zealand argues a little loss of privacy and the risk that comes with data sharing is a good investment. New South Wales seems to have come to the same conclusion.

The data-sharing exemption is rare: the last was made in June 2012. This one expires in December 2014. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?