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Home News Just get used to losing your privacy, former A-G secretary says
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TAGS Attorney-General's Department, Roger Wilkins, Privacy
Roger Wilkins, the outgoing secretary of the federal Attorney-General’s Department, has called for a privacy rethink: get used to organisations having information on you.
The public’s concept of privacy is “clunky, old fashioned … and needs to be renovated and brought into the 21st century”, according to the nation’s former chief law bureaucrat.
Roger Wilkins, whose tenure as secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department ended on Sunday, told The Mandarin that “the idea that none of your private information will get out to anyone else is madness. Of course it does.”
He says there is already so much private information about individuals available that it would be impossible to “keep trying to hold back that tide of information, it’s just unrealistic.”
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David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.
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