Labor Senators' Additional Comments

1.1        Labor Senators share the privacy and security concerns expressed in the Chair's report. In particular, we agree that the Government's botched implementation of an opt-out model means 'an unreasonable compromise has been struck between ensuring the utility of the system ... and safeguarding the privacy and safety of healthcare recipients'.

1.2        Labor Senators therefore urge the Government to commission an independent review of the My Health Record system by the Privacy Commissioner and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which has itself called for further consideration of several privacy and security concerns.

1.3        In particular, the Privacy Commissioner and OAIC should consider:

1.4        In the meantime, the Government must suspend the opt-out rollout until the Privacy Commissioner and OAIC report, the Government makes necessary changes, and public confidence in this important reform is restored.

Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally Senator Louise Pratt
Senator the Hon Lisa Singh Senator Murray Watt

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