Turnbull Government credibility in tatters over #Censusfail
Less than seven days ago, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference to reassure Australians that the security of the Census was rock solid.
“The security of their personal details is absolute and that is protected by law and by practice,” he said last week.
“That is a given.”
The assurance came in the wake of growing community angst and concerns over the security and retention of confidential data submitted online via the ABS website.
ABS chief statistician David Kalisch also fronted the media, appearing on ABC 7:30 to allay concerns.
“The ABS has the best security features,” he said.
“We’ve never had a privacy breach with Census information.”
At the time, Dr Mark Gregory from the RMIT School of Engineering issued a stark and largely ignored warning that “Australians should be worried” about the ABS collecting their personal information.
“They can’t guarantee the security of the information. We know that Australia does not have mandatory data breach reporting laws and until those laws are put in place and security improved both within government and business then Australians have a great concern about the privacy of any information that they provide,” Dr Gregory said.
Today the so-called guarantees of “absolute security” issued by both Malcolm Turnbull and the ABS are in tatters with the ABS forced to take down the site overnight due to inadequate security and the risk that systems had been compromised.
The entire sorry affair vindicates Greens senators Scott Ludlam, Janet Rice, Sarah Hanson-Young, Lee Rhiannon and Larissa Waters and fellow crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie who all declared they would be refusing to give their names when filling the census out.
And Christopher Pyne one again looks like a total twat after saying:
“I think Senator Xenophon is engaging in somewhat of a tinfoil hat kind of politics when he says that he’s raising doubts about the census.”
But then, this is the government that brought us the copper NBN, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.