Sydney Criminal Lawyers: NSWCCL’s Michelle Falstein on Labor’s Proposed Digital Identity System

A meeting of the nation's various data and digital ministers resulted in the release of a communique on the 24th of February, asserting the urgency of implementing a national digital identification system which would make it easier for 'citizens to deal with the government', Paul Gregoire reports.

The 2014 Financial System Inquiry report found that many Australians are likely to object to a digital ID system due to privacy concerns, as it could be perceived as a digital version of the unpopular Australia Card initiative, which was rejected in 1987.

NSW Council for Civil Liberties assistant secretary, Michelle Falstein spoke to Sydney Criminal Lawyers about the issues pertaining to the current and earlier ID proposals, the questions around the digital ID’s voluntary nature and how, through awareness, opposition will likely grow.

For more information and Michelle's full responses, read the full article