The data goldmine we need to lock up

Queensland's unfolding privacy debacle is a potent reminder of how little ability authorities have to protect personal data, which can be revealed by negligent as well as nefarious individuals.

The blowtorch has today been turned on one of Australia’s peak anti-corruption bodies – Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission – for its own wrongdoing, for carelessly exposing critical secrets about unsolved crimes.

In a scramble to protect those secrets and the people endangered by the leak, the Queensland parliament early this morning rushed through unprecedented legislation while the rest of us were sleeping.

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