Tobacco company uses Freedom Of Information Act to acquire data on Australian youth.
The Australian government has fallen victim to its own Big Brother agenda. Thousands of Victorian school children and teenagers took part in a government funded survey which was used to gauge attitudes towards smoking and alcohol. A survey which promised to remain confidential.
That data has now been handed to tobacco giant British American Tobacco simply for the cost of a Freedom of Information request.
A similar incident occurred last year when the same company used a FOI request to access information from the Cancer Institute of NSW. That request netted the results of yet another confidential survey on adult attitudes toward smoking.
This illustrates the ineptitude of the Australian Government and their ability to keep your personal information secure.
More importantly it highlights just how imperative it is to not let the government know too much about you. The more they know about you, your life and how you think, the more that information can be used against you.
It may not necessarily be the government that abuses that information. It could very well be a global corporation.
Big Brother indeed.