Digital identity bill tabled in parliament – still time to have your say

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By Olivia Pierson

Our government likes to rule under cover of darkness while people are utterly distracted and have little knowledge of bills going through parliament.  They’re never shouted from the rooftops for a reason. But you can make your thoughts and opinions known with a response.

I sometimes share my submissions in order for others to notice these issues and encourage them to make their own.  We have these democratic processes and we must use them while we still can.  

At the very least, contact your local MP and let them know how you feel about Digital Identity Services Bill and be prepared to listen to a lot of stammering around.  The closing date for submissions is 11.59pm on Thursday, 02 December 2021

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Their version: 

Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill

“The bill seeks to create a secure and trusted environment for verifying a person’s identity online, by establishing common rules and a regulatory authority.

The policy objectives of the bill are to:

  • help drive consistency, trust, and efficiency in the provision of digital identity services 
  • support the development of interoperable digital identity services
  • provide people with more control over their personal information and how it is used, and
  • enable the user-authorised sharing of personal and organisational information digitally to access public and private sector services.

The bill would affect digital identity service providers, and organisations which use digital identity services (such as government agencies, banks and utility providers), as well as individuals whose personal information is shared through digital identity services. The committee is looking forward to hearing from the public about these proposed changes to the digital landscape.”

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