Pilgrim: Census shutdown was a ‘pro-privacy’ move

Privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has concluded Australian statistician David Kalisch took a “pro-privacy precaution” when he decided to take down the online Census form on Tuesday night.

Pilgrim (pictured) finished a rapid investigation into the privacy implications of the disaster just as the Census website began to show signs of life, with a patchy service returning after more than 30 hours offline.

He accepts the Australian Signals Directorate’s assurance that “personal information was not inappropriately accessed, lost or mishandled” and that while a denial of service attack occurred, there was no data breach. Pilgrim said in a Thursday afternoon statement:

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim

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