Re-using public sector information (PSI) for profit: Who’s data is it anyway?

Burdon, Mark (2007) Re-using public sector information (PSI) for profit: Who’s data is it anyway? In Michael, K. & Michael, M.G. (Eds.) Second Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, 29 October, University of Wollongong.

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This paper will outline legal and policy developments regarding the commercial re-use of public sector information (PSI) by government agencies and the information privacy and national security concerns that may arise. Whether governments should be allowed to re-use their information for income generation purposes is a contentious issue as exemplified by the opposing philosophical rationales of the EU and the USA. Australian governments take a more pragmatic approach that has resulted in a diffusion of different policy statements. This paper will highlight real life examples of commercial re-use of PSI activities that have caused information privacy concerns in the UK and the USA along with a brief overview of Australian legislative and information policy implications. In conclusion, the paper will discuss the potential influences that governmental income generation activities may have upon national security and the societal benefits occurring from an open and transparent information society.

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ID Code: 11030
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: commercialisation, public sector information (PSI), information privacy, e, government, information ownership and consent
ISBN: 9781741281422
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Research Network for a Secure Australia
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2012 08:24

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