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OAIC welcomes strengthening of privacy protections in My Health Records

1 August 2018

Statement from the acting Australian Information Commissioner and acting Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk

I welcome the Government’s decision to strengthen privacy protections under the My Health Records Act.

The proposed amendments to require a court order to release any My Health Record information without consent will create certainty and enhance privacy safeguards for all Australians.

Significantly, the proposed amendment to allow an individual to permanently delete their record will give the community greater control over their health information.

These proposed changes build on the existing privacy and security safeguards in the My Health Records Act, including sanctions enforceable by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

I also welcome the additional communications to the public to assist individuals make an informed decision as to whether or not to have a My Health Record.

The OAIC will continue to work with Government, the Australian Digital Health Agency, the health sector, and the community to support strong privacy and security practice.