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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2659 ..


this data? Our amendment is critical to ensuring public confidence in the Check In CBR app, as it would make it crystal clear and legally certain that any access by another territory agency or officer is unlawful.

It is disappointing that the government has indicated that it will not support our amendments to this bill. The amendments would have made certain how data collected under the Check In CBR app could be used and equivalent penalties imposed on authorised persons for the misuse of data as apply to other Canberrans. The government’s attitude appears to be that nothing done with this cache of data within government can be wrong. But shopkeepers running a business pose a risk to personal privacy on account of collecting a small fraction of the total amount of data from their customers.

This morning the government indicated that it would not support these amendments. The health minister provided me with certain assurances. I seek leave to table that letter so that the Canberra community can be aware of those assurances.

Leave granted.

MRS JONES: I table the following paper:

COVID-19 Emergency Response (Check-in Information) Amendment Bill 2021—Copy of letter from Mrs Jones to the Minister for Health, dated 16 September 2021.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (5.24), in reply: I want to thank everyone who has spoken on the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Check-In Information) Amendment Bill 2021 today and to thank everyone for their support for the bill. I also want to take the opportunity to thank the scrutiny committee for its comments on the bill. I have written to the chair of the scrutiny committee, Mr Hanson, with a detailed response to the committee’s comments.

This bill seeks to strengthen the protection of personal information collected through the Check In CBR app. This is the crux of the issue that Ms Lee got stuck on. For some time, the Canberra Liberals have been confused about the Check In CBR app information in the way it is defined in the bill.

This app aims to protect the individual personal information about app users checking in at venues. So I am an app user and I am checking in at a venue, and this protects the information about where I have checked in. This is the definition of check-in information; it specifically excludes information relating to the registration of a business activity or undertaking to use the Check In CBR app and statistical or summary information. We have been providing statistical and summary information regularly at press conferences when we talk about how many people have downloaded the app, how many people have checked in through the app and how many businesses have registered for the app.


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