05.10.2016

APS Census open data set removed amid privacy concerns


A privacy risk has been identified in a set of data from the Australian Public Service employee Census that was hosted on data.gov.au, prompting the second take-down of a public information asset in a week.

According to the Australian Public Service Commission, the annual open data set from the APS Census was uploaded with agency identification numbers attached for the first time this year. This created a risk that personal details of individual public servants could be identified. The APSC has been quoted elsewhere explaining:

“We decided that extra care should be taken to ensure individual officers could not be inadvertently identified. A review of the data is underway. We anticipate this data will be available via data.gov.au in the coming week.”

The data set was accessed 58 times before it was taken down, according to the APSC.

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