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2.2 - Build and maintain public trust to address concerns about data sharing and release

 

2.2 - Build and maintain public trust to address concerns about data sharing and release

Australia will build public trust around data sharing and release. We will do this by actively engaging with the public regarding how public data is being used to better communicate the benefits and understand public concerns, and we will improve privacy risk management capability across Government. This commitment aims to build trust about the use of integrated data and actively respond to public concerns about data sharing. It will comply with international best practice on open data principles and enable Australia to participate in global fora on data. 

This commitment will advance the OGP values of public accountability and civic participation by:

  • providing greater transparency on how Government is using the data it collects and protecting personal information;
  • enabling the public to engage with Government and raise issues of concerns;
  • enabling experts outside of Government to inform the public debate; and
  • providing more targeted and effective policy, service delivery and program evaluation.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Period Status

Develop an ongoing and collaborative conversation with the public about the risks and benefits of data sharing and integration:

  • Establish an expert panel to advise Government and to help communicate: value and utility of data sharing and integration; how Government is using the data it collects; and how Government is protecting personal information.
Early 2016-Mid 2017 Completed but delayed
  • Develop and implement a public engagement process to demonstrate public-value examples and enable an ongoing dialogue with the public.
Dec 2016-Dec 2017 Completed but delayed

Improve privacy and personal information protections in using and sharing data:

End 2016-Early 2017 Completed
  • Work with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to improve privacy risk management capability across the Australian Public Service.
Jul 2018 Completed
  • Respond to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on consumer rights and safeguards for data.
Mar-Sep 2017 Completed but delayed

Comply with international best practice on open data principles and participate in global fora on data:

Mar 2017 Completed
Ongoing Completed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Updated date: 24 June 2019