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Supplementary submission: Review of the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018

The supplementary submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 was prepared by the Law Council. The Law Council acknowledges the assistance of its Privacy Law Committee of the Business Law Section and the Law Society of New South Wales in the preparation of this supplementary submission. 

The Law Council has limited its comments to those matters raised in paragraph 8 of the Law Council’s original submission to the Committee on 21 March 2018. These are:

(a) inconsistencies between the definitions in the Bill and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), including ‘identification information’; and

(b) conditions on local government authorities or non-government entities requesting access to identity-matching services.

The issues set out below outline the Law Council’s concern that the Bill operates to create a new category of data and will erode current protections provided by the Privacy Act. It is the Law Council’s view that such a shift should, at a minimum, be expressly identified and acknowledged to allow for informed consideration and public debate.

You can read the full submission below.

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