As opportunities for data use grow, protection of Customer information to be crucial

Department of Customer Service

Protecting data and ensuring the privacy of the people of NSW has been the key focus of the NSW Government’s Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) Summit, as the State continues to set new standards for data use.

NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist Dr Ian Oppermann says PETs, which can encrypt or protect data, will limit the privacy impact on individuals. These technologies are crucial to the safe use of customers’ information, while utilising data to improve services.
“Use of PETs will help us ensure a future in which Government services are not only easily used and accessed, but also give customers confidence that their data is being protected,” Dr Ian Oppermann said.
“Events such as the PET Summit are a key part of this journey. Government, industry and the community must continue to work together to share ideas, expertise and ambitions as we further develop Privacy Enhancing Technologies.”
Hosted by Dr Ian Oppermann, the PET Summit connects industry experts, government and research providers, as they look at data sharing solutions.
Alongside the NSW Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, who gave the keynote address, featured speakers included Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow, ANZ Chief Data Officer Emma Gray, NSW Government Chief information and Digital Officer Greg Wells and Secretary of the Department of Customer Service Emma Hogan.
“As the NSW Government increasingly utilises digital channels, data protection is more important than ever,” Department Secretary Emma Hogan said.
“With correct privacy frameworks in places, including Privacy Enhancing Technology, we can make more widespread use of the data our digital channels are generating.”
The NSW Government’s Digital Restart Fund, which received a $1.6 billion investment in June, supports privacy protections, including $240 million for cyber security initiatives.
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