“We will be having a look at whether or not companies should be permitted to go on keeping data when the purpose of collecting it in the first place might have been no more than establishing someone’s identity,” Mr Dreyfus told reporters on Thursday morning.
In the wake of the data breach, states and territories around Australia are allowing victims of the breach to replace their driver’s licences, while discussions are continuing around compromised passports and Medicare numbers.
What is the 100 point identification check?
Passports, birth certificates and citizenship certificates are worth 70 points, a drivers licence is among the ID types worth 40 points, and other forms are worth 35 and 25 points.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says he’s looking into whether reforms to the Privacy Act could be made in the year’s remaining parliamentary sitting weeks. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
Mr Dreyfus said he did not think there was any need for companies to retain this information following initial checks.
Mr Dreyfus said Australians need to be assured that when their data is asked for from them by a private company or by the government, it will only be used for the purpose for which it has been collected.
Mr Dreyfus said he was looking into whether reforms to the Privacy Act could be made in the year’s remaining parliamentary sitting weeks.
Do you need to change your electoral details?
The customers will still be enrolled for state, territory and council elections, according to the AEC.