Copy of Privacy Impact Assessment ref 21987

Justin Warren made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Human Services

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From: Justin Warren

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Dear Department of Human Services,

I request a copy of the Privacy Impact Assessment reference number 21987 titled "DHS Response to the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers" as listed on the department's Privacy Impact Assessment Register: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organis...

I request that the document be provided in an electronic format, such as PDF.

I request that any charges associated with this request be waived in the public interest.

Yours faithfully,

Justin Warren

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Attachment LEX 46187 Registration Acknowledgement Letter 2 Aug 2019.pdf
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Dear Mr Warren

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your request for
documents made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Team

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

 

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Dear Mr Warren

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your request for
documents made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Kaitlin

Authorised FOI Decision Maker

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

 

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Sent: Friday, 2 August 2019 11:08 AM
To: 'Justin Warren' <[FOI #5538 email]>
Subject: LEX 46187 - Freedom of Information request - Copy of Privacy
Impact Assessment ref 21987 [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

 

Dear Mr Warren

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your request for
documents made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Team

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

 

Email: [2][email address]

 

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professional privilege or information that is otherwise sensitive or
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From: Justin Warren

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Dear Kaitlin,

Some cretin is putting your name on daft letters.

The charges notice is nonsense, and the FOI department at DHS is well aware it is nonsense. It’s yet another cynical ploy to avoid, or at least delay, access to any information that might possibly embarrass the department.

I contend the charge has been wrongly assessed, and should not be imposed.

Search and Retrieval

The search and retrieval time of over 58 minutes (0.97 hours) to locate a single document referenced in the department’s own Privacy Impact Assessment (‘PIA’) Register is so obviously wrong it’s hilarious you even tried this one on.

[4.26] of the OAIC’s FOI Guidelines states:
“An underlying assumption in calculating search or retrieval time is that the agency or minister maintains a high quality record system.”

It’s a single document and I gave you the title of it in my request, as well as a link to your own PIA Register. I have had pets that could find this document faster than you. Some of them probably still could, even though they’ve been dead for a couple of decades.

Decisions

[4.70] of the FOI Guidelines helpfully states:
“A common parameter included in a charges calculator is that examining relevant pages for decision making will take five minutes per page, and for exempt material, an additional five minutes per page is needed to review. However, unless the document at issue is particularly complex, it may be difficult for an agency or minister to adequately justify an estimate that it would take 10 minutes to process each page of the relevant documents.”

A reference to ‘GD’ and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet [2015] AICmr 46 is helpfully provided in a footnote. The department should be well aware of the existence of this case, given how often it make stupid charges decisions that get overturned.

You’ve claimed it’ll take over eight and a half hours to make decisions about a 40 page document. That’s 12.87 minutes per page. I will be simply fascinated to hear an explanation for this one, so have at it.

Public Interest

Your own PIA register says:
“We do a Privacy Impact Assessment for all projects that:
• involve a significant change to how we manage personal information
• might have a significant impact on the privacy of individuals.”

The document requested is the Department’s response to a PIA about an “Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers”.

The public interest here is extremely clear, since everyone gets a Medicare card and there are oodles of health providers who get to look at the number. I await to gasp in horrified fascination at whatever tosh you dream up to attempt to explain why this isn’t in the public interest, so go your hardest.

I’ve paid a deposit for the charges so this FOI continues to progress, and I look forward to getting my money back yet again.

Yours sincerely,

Justin Warren

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Dear Mr Warren,

 

Thank you for your email dated 20 August 2019, regarding your freedom of
information request made on 29 July 2019.

 

Request for reconsideration of charges

 

The Department of Human Services (department) received your request for
reconsideration of the decision to charge you for processing your freedom
of information request. The department will advise you of the
reconsideration decision on or before 19 September 2019.

 

Processing of your freedom of information request

 

You have paid a deposit on the preliminary estimate of charges. The
department will continue to process your freedom of information request
and notify you of a decision regarding your request on or before 27
September 2019.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions please email
[email address].

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Riley

Authorised FOI Decision Maker

Freedom of Information Team

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

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Attachment LEX 46187 Charges Reconsideration of charges.pdf
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Dear Mr Warren

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your request for
documents made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Kaitlin

Authorised FOI Decision Maker

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Attachment LEX 46187 Decision Decision Letter.pdf
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Dear Mr Warren

 

Please find attached the decision letter and document regarding your
request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

Kaitlin

Authorised FOI Decision Maker

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

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