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The purpose of this project is to assess whether Australia’s current information privacy framework applying to government collection and use of information is sufficient given the significant developments in transport technology.

Regulating government access to C-ITS and automated vehicle data

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to assess whether Australia’s current information privacy framework applying to government collection and use of information is sufficient given the significant developments in transport technology. In particular, the existing regulations need to be considered in light of the types, and amount, of information that future transport systems will be able to produce.

This project will focus on two areas that form a limited part of intelligent transport systems (ITS): cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) and automated vehicles.

If Australia’s current information privacy framework is considered to be insufficient in so far as it relates to government collection and use of information likely to be generated by C-ITS and automated vehicle technology, reform options will be proposed to the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Next steps

The NTC will be drafting a discussion paper for stakeholder consultation. The purpose of the discussion paper is to:

  • outline potential new privacy risks associated with information generated by C-ITS and automated vehicle technology – in particular, considering what is different compared to the information produced by vehicle technology today
  • outline how the information privacy framework could apply to government collection and use of information generated by C-ITS and automated vehicle technology (including the powers government has to collect information)
  • seek views on whether existing privacy and other protections relating to government collection and use are sufficient in light of any new privacy risks associated with information likely to be generated by C-ITS and automated vehicle technology
  • seek views on proposed options for reform if Australia’s current information privacy framework is considered to be insufficient in so far as it relates to government collection and use of information likely to be generated by C-ITS and automated vehicle technology. 

The NTC proposes to release the discussion paper for consultation in September 2018. Feedback from consultation will be used to develop policy directions and recommendations for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2019. 

Background

This project derived from two previous recommendations agreed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in 2016 and the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) in 2013.

In November 2016, the Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed to recommendation 8 in the NTC’s policy paper Regulatory reforms for automated road vehicles:

Recommendation 8: That the NTC develops options to manage government access to automated vehicle data, having regard to achieving road safety and network efficiency outcomes and efficient enforcement of traffic laws, balanced with sufficient privacy protections for automated vehicle users.

In 2013 the then SCOTI agreed in principle to stronger privacy restrictions for government access to C-ITS data (in the event that C-ITS data was deemed to be personal information). The SCOTI approved the following recommendation:

Recommendation 4: In the event that individuals can be reasonably identified from the safety data message broadcast by C-ITS devices, that specific legislative protections are developed to define in what circumstances organisations that are exempt from compliance with privacy principles, including enforcement agencies, may access C-ITS personal information.

An independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) prepared in August 2016 on behalf of Austroads found that data messages broadcast by vehicles in C-ITS should be treated as personal information.

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Project Manager Helen Tsirlina
Last Updated: 3/4/2018