Privacy commissioner blasts ‘dysfunctional’ reform proposal

Victoria’s privacy watchdog has issued a blistering critique of “dysfunctional” changes to the state’s freedom of information and privacy and data protection system currently being considered by parliament.

Privacy and data protection commissioner David Watts argues the government’s proposed changes will import a governance structure that has caused “dysfunction” elsewhere and may lead to conflicts of interest. He believes FOI reforms will not be “substantive”, representing a “missed opportunity”, accusing the government of failure to consult.

Watts rejected reports, however, that he was threatening to quit.

“I have not petulantly said I’d resign,” he told The Mandarin.

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