Micro-chipping away at privacy: privacy implications created by the new Queensland driver licence proposal

Hart, Caroline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5752-5543 (2007) Micro-chipping away at privacy: privacy implications created by the new Queensland driver licence proposal. Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 7 (2). pp. 305-324. ISSN 1445-6230

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Queensland Transport plans to launch its 'New Queensland Driver Licence' Smartcard in 2008. The introduction will commence in November 2008 as a pilot with a complete rollout in July 2009. Delivery of the smartcard driver licence could be through a public-private partnership, with revenue earned through the partnership helping to offset the costs of the new driver licence. The most recent media statement on the proposal, dated January 18 2007, confirmed that shortlisted bidders had been invited to submit binding bids for the development of the new licence. This will make Queensland the first State in Australia to introduce a smartcard driver licence.
Whilst Queensland Transport has specifically addressed issues of privacy in its Privacy Management Strategy, the use of the smartcard technology will occur despite the absence of clear legislative protections including legal redress for information privacy. The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in its recent Review of Australian Privacy Law Discussion Paper (ALRC Discussion Paper) has identified the use of smartcards as raising significant privacy concerns including their lack of anonymity; their ability to collect vast amounts of information; and the ability to generate profiles. It is disappointing that Queensland has failed to implement the recommendations of the 1998 Queensland Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee's Report on Privacy in Queensland that would have created adequate protections for privacy as a means of balancing the privacy concerns associated with smartcards. This article considers the privacy implications associated with the NQDL Proposal particularly in the absence of state privacy legislation. It concludes that information privacy legislation in Queensland is required as a matter of priority.

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Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The article as it appears at that site is the only authorised version of this article. The copyright in the print and electronic appearance of the article are held by QUT and the copyright in the content of the article is held by the author. http://www.law.qut.edu.au/ljj/editions/v7n2/pdf/10_Queensland_Driver_Licence_HART.pdf
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2008 03:02
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 23:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: privacy; technology; public-private partnership; government policy; public law; driver licence
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080303 Computer System Security
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180103 Administrative Law
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440709 Public policy
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4604 Cybersecurity and privacy > 460499 Cybersecurity and privacy not elsewhere classified
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4807 Public law > 480701 Administrative law
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940407 Legislation, Civil and Criminal Codes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4260

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