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    Courier-Mail (Australia): Security beefed up for Census data collection amid hacking and privacy fears

    The Courier-Mail in Australia reports on enhanced security for the Census in that country:

    THE Federal Government has beefed up security surrounding Tuesday’s Census in the wake of growing hacking and privacy fears across the country.

    Australians will this year submit forms electronically or in person for the compulsory survey, which will take a snapshot of the nation as of August 9.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics says state-of-the-art encryption technology common in electronic banking will be used and the 7000-odd Queenslanders collecting forms face up to two years’ jail if they reveal confidential details. […]

    Organisations such as government departments and direct marketing companies are banned from accessing the personal information gathered, and completed forms will be transferred to the Census Data Processing Centre where security personnel stand guard.

    All forms are pulped and hard drives are wiped after processing.

    “We have never and will never release information to any outside organisation, agency or project,” [Queensland Census director Sally Pritchard said.]

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