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Key developments

  • Developing a framework for secondary use of My Health Record System data
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Whistleblowers) Bill 2017
  • Inquiry into the Legislation Review Act 1987
  • Jordan-Australia Extradition & Mutual Assistance Treaties
  • Draft report to the UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprises Incentives) Bill
  • Review of the laws relating to beneficiaries of trusts
  • Reform of the Native Title Act Options Paper
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Commonwealth national redress scheme
  • Child Sexual Offences Review – legislative proposals
  • Department of Education protocols and policies
  • 2018-2019 Pre-Budget submission (Federal)
  • Impact of new and emerging information and communications technology on Australian law enforcement agencies
  • Facial recognition system
  • Table of stakeholder proposals following the statutory review of the Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 (NSW)

Developing a framework for secondary use of My Health Record System data

The Privacy and Communications Committee contributed to a submission to the Law Council of Australia in relation to the consultation by the Department of Health on the development of a framework that will govern the secondary uses of My Health Record system data collected under the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth). The Law Society expressed the view that the secondary use of My Health Record system data should be with the informed consent of the individual and not on an opt-out basis as currently proposed. The Law Society also noted that the process for de-identification will need to be carefully assessed and consideration will need to be given to the limits on the number and type of data sets provided to a particular research group as well as the scope of the release of information for ‘research and public health purposes’.

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