There have been concerns among security professionals and privacy advocates about changes to the Australian 2016 Census. The biggest concern is how the ABS plans to combine your private data. The ABS will link your Census records across multiple products, services and share it with other government departments.
In the past, this has never been a problem because the ABS never used our individual name and address data. Consequently, people could answer uncomfortable questions honestly, with the knowledge that even if data were to leak, there would be no back to them.
The Census Data Statistical Linkage Key (SLK)
This year that has changed, the ABS revealed plans to assign Australians a unique identification number called a Statistical Linkage Key or SLK. Continue reading