There’s one more month for significant input to be made into the shaping of Australia’s new data sharing and release arrangements before the Commonwealth settles on its legislative approach.
This week saw several developments on the consumer data right and data regulation in Australia:
- PM&C released an issues paper proposing a new Data Sharing and Release Bill which aims to balance sharing data held by government with appropriate risk management.
- The government opened expressions of interest for members of the National Data Advisory Council.
And there was significant commentary around data regulation and the possible impact on Australia’s economy, jobs, consumer protection and privacy.
- ACCC chair Rod Sims said a “commercial race is underway … whoever gets the most data wins.”
- Productivity Commission chair Peter Harris said data ownership is very much a contested right, and “this should change.”
- Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said Australians need to stop thinking about it as a four letter word, “most of the data the government holds is neither personal or sensitive.”
We at The Mandarin are still absorbing this information and will be back next week with our takes on the highlights, concerns, opportunities and pitfalls. We’d also appreciate hearing your thoughts, and we’ll readily share them — with your consent — whether in long or short form.
But there is a deadline. The feedback on the issues paper is due by August 1. Also, expressions of interest for membership of the National Data Advisory Council will close July 20.