Page 1566 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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to do anything else with them. I know they certainly inform discussions. I have had a number of meetings with the Chief Health Officer around this issue in the last four months or so because, as I said, I am increasingly concerned that whilst for many we are doing okay there are groups within our community where the measures are either staying the same or going backwards. I think we need to address that.

ACTION bus service—MyWay card

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Transport. Chief Minister, students and parents who wish to purchase a MyWay card are required to first apply and then register their details to obtain a card. This process requires parents and students to share details about the student, including name, school attended, date of birth, address and telephone number. Chief Minister, given previous confidentiality failures overseen by the ACT government, will you guarantee that the information provided by MyWay users to ACTION will be kept secure?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Coe for the question. I have to say that no issues of concern have been raised with me in relation to a potential diminution of security regarding information provided to ACTION as a result of implementation of MyWay. But I accept that this is a very serious issue. I am not aware of any potential for that to occur. But on the basis of your question today, I will take advice and seek assurances that there will be no reduction in our commitment to protecting confidential personal information.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

MR COE: Chief Minister, is it true that photos and student details will be sent interstate for printing of the cards? If so, how will you guarantee the security of the information provided by MyWay users?

MR STANHOPE: Just the process and whether or not MyWay cards are processed within the ACT or interstate is not of itself, of course, relevant at all to our capacity to secure the confidentiality of that information. As I said, Mr Coe, it is a serious issue and I am more than happy to seek the assurances that you have asked for today. Indeed, I would be more than happy, Mr Coe, for you to be fully briefed by ACTION on the processes that they have in place to ensure that personal information provided to ACTION for the printing of MyWay cards is secure.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what access will other agencies, both territory and commonwealth, have to the information provided by the MyWay users?

MR STANHOPE: My understanding is they will have none, but I will take the question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

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