MacGibbon: Census debate valuable, but also enticed attackers

Malcolm Turnbull’s special adviser on cybersecurity believes the concern and controversy about privacy and online security in the lead up to the Census made the online form more of a target, but was also a valuable public debate to have.

“One thing I would say is that there was an awful lot of conjecture about the Census and its online activities and every time there is more of that conjecture, it increases the profile of the site,” said Alastair MacGibbon (pictured) when he fronted the media yesterday morning.

Alastair MacGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon

To the most strident critics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Census and supporters of the related boycott movement, it could have sounded like the public servant charged with reviewing the debacle shifting the blame back on to them, rather than addressing their underlying concerns.

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