PRIVACY experts claim people may list false information on next month’s census because their names and addresses will be kept as part of the data.
Previously identifying information was destroyed once the other census data had been recorded but it will now be kept until 2020.
An Australian Bureau of Statistics spokesman yesterday said all personal information would be stored “securely and separate” but the NSW Council for Civil Liberties warned that some people’s concerns over how the government might use the information could cause a backlash of false information, from income bracket to religion.
“If people know their information will be identifiable and retained by the government, then it is very likely some people may chose not to answer all the questions honestly,” president Stephen Blanks said.
“We now have some politicians calling for discriminatory action against people of a particular faith, for example. It wouldn’t be unreasonable for them to think twice (before filling out the survey).”
Source: The Daily Telegraph