Australian Information Mangement Ethics And Law Essay — страница 3

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information will be protected in Australia. Thus, encourgaging favourable business relations. Unfortuntely businesses perspective differ about the best way of protecting information privacy. Some thought that a legislated scheme would give the most certainty and consistency. Others thought that a self-regulatory scheme would be simpler, cheaper and more flexible. However, business unanimously supported the concept of a simple scheme that minimises compliance costs, overlap with other regulation and differences between jurisdictions. The legislation also attempt emulate these requirements.(Australian Banker, 1993) Additional surveys in 1995 were conducted for the Privacy Commissioner involving the general public. In effect the results had a fundemental influence for the future

privacy legislation. A survey conducted by Mastercard in 1996 indicated that: Nearly nine in ten people believe that they should have advance notice when personal information is being collected and that they should be asked permission before their personal data can be passed from one organisation to another. More than nine in ten think that when personal information has been collected they should be told exactly what it will be used for. People generally do not believe that they should bear all the responsibility for protecting their own personal privacy; Majority believe that government has a role to play in authorising privacy codes There is popular support for information privacy protections supported by governments. More than half do not object to companies using personal

details as long as they know about it, and can stop it. It would be reasonable to conclude from the above results that protection of personal information is an essential accompaniment to the surging information economy. It is also clear that information privacy concerns will continue to feature prominently in discussions about government policy for the new information economy, both in domestic and overseas jurisdictions. The growth of computer technology in the last thirty years has allowed a massive expansion in the volume of information held and has made it easier to access, process and match it. Many people are concerned about the increased potential for privacy intrusion that accompanies technological change. Yet it is equally clear that Australia’s prosperity and our

capacity to produce high quality goods and services depends to a large extent on the smarter use of information. We must deal adequately with people’s concerns about privacy if we are to gain the maximum benefits from the information society. (Task Force, 1997) If an information privacy scheme were robust enough to assure consumers that they could exercise some control over the use of their information in sophisticated IT systems, it seems likely that public resistance to such applications would be reduced. Yet there still is evidence that people are wary about entrusting personal details to complex systems that they do not understand(Task Force, 1997). Thus, the proposed changes to the privacy act may be in adequate to obtain a general level of trust from the community.

Although the governments approach has installed optimisim and hope of secure handling of personal information in the approaching years. Reference List Australian Banker Association (1993) Code of Banking Practice, Aus. Australian Law Reform Commission & the Administrative Review Council (1995) Open Governmnet:A Review of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Canberra, pg 15-16. Hilvert, L. (1997) Censorship Privacy are Prime concerns, , 17 June. Information Infrastructure Task Force (1997) A framework for global Electronic Commerce, July. Mastercard International (1996) Privacy & Payment, p15. Peladeau, P. (1995) Data Protection Saves Money, Privacy Journal, June, Pg 3-4. Privacy Commissioner (1995) Community Attitudes To Privacy, August, Pg 2.