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Protecting privacy in a connected future

 

Sydney, 28 September 2017: ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – today welcomed the Federal Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison at the ACS Digital Economy breakfast where he spoke about the importance of technology to Australia’s digital future.

The Treasurer provided insights into how the small business sector can benefit from the increased focus and use of digital technologies.

At the event, ACS launched its technical white paper, Data Sharing Frameworks, with Treasurer Morrison saying that in a world where “data is everywhere and everything”, it was important to establish solid open data frameworks, usability and trust, and privacy safeguards.

The white paper was developed by an ACS Data Taskforce and led by Dr Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre and ACS Vice-President, Technical Advisory Board.

Speaking on the Data Sharing Frameworks white paper, Dr Oppermann said “There’s a complex challenge underpinning data sharing that crosses technical, social and ethical boundaries in making data available to be shared while maintaining the privacy of the individual”.

“This white paper is an important first step to opening and driving the conversation, and developing a framework that can be used by business and government for the benefit of all Australians.”

The Hon Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property authored the foreword to the white paper and launched the document at the breakfast.

“We are delighted that Minister Dominello could be here today and I want to acknowledge his support as the Patron of the ACS Foundation and as a great advocate for innovation in data sharing,” said ACS President, Anthony Wong,

“This is a pivotal discussion paper in response to the establishment of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Data Availability and Use in 2016 by Treasurer Morrison,” said Mr Wong.

“Data sharing is becoming a critical business and government function that can enable improved service delivery or entirely new products, but it must not come at the cost to privacy”.

The ACS Digital Economy breakfast was also attended by Felicity Wilson MP, NSW Member for North Shore, and James Griffin MP, NSW Member for Manly.

The ACS White Paper, Data Sharing Frameworks, can be downloaded from: www.acs.org.au/publications.html

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About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. More than 22,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.