Cancer register bill passes Senate with privacy fixes

IT News, 13 October 2016
Author: Allie Coyne
“The Senate has passed a bill enabling the Australian federal government’s planned national cancer screening register after the government agreed to fix privacy holes pointed out by the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner pointed out the draft legislation authorised the use of personal information contained in the register for research purposes, bypassing a framework within the Privacy Act set up to grant exemptions for data access in the case of health research. The bill also allowed the register to collect comprehensive Medicare claims information, rather than just information related to bowel and cervical cancer screening.”
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