Push to scrap Australia privacy exemptions for political parties due to risk of data breaches
The Albanese government is being urged to scrap “concerning” exemptions given to political parties to use voter data, as part of a review of the federal election. It argues that by extending the Privacy Act to cover political parties, they would need to meet the requirements of the Australian Privacy Principles, which would reduce the possible consequence of any future data breach. The principles would require political parties to do due diligence to ensure they are only collecting necessary personal information, as well as handling it in accordance with the protections offered by the Act. “Little has been done to address why and how political parties gather, retain and process data, including personal information,” the submission states. The government has said it intends to legislate spending caps and truth in political advertising laws after the inquiry has concluded.
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