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Volume: 14 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

data sharing data collection customer data

alec christie



Australia: The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Data Availability and Use

The Productivity Commission’s final report into Data Availability and Use (‘the Report’), released earlier this year, proposes fundamental reforms to the legal and regulatory framework governing the collection, use and sharing of data. The Report emphasises that data is currently vastly under-utilised in Australia and that unlocking the potential benefits associated with greater data availability, access and use (estimated at a value of between AUD 625 million and AUD 64 billion per annum (approx. €417 million to €43 billion)) is a key driver for policy reform. Alec Christie, Digital Law Partner at EY, analyses the Report’s proposals and their potential impact.

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