No survey of SA Liberals data collection


Data collected through hyperlinks in press releases and on government websites used by the Liberal Marshall government was confusing and of little use, the state ombudsman said, ruling out an investigation.

Wayne Lines examined the Liberals’ use of links that redirected users to a domain used by political parties around the world to collect data for campaign purposes.

Lines said it appeared the practice was inadvertently continued when the former government was elected in 2018 and ended in March 2021.

In addition to the hyperlinks used in press releases, employees of various agencies had cut and pasted them on agency resources without understanding the potential implications.

The Ombudsman engaged an expert in cybersecurity, privacy and government data protection to provide advice after reviewing the functions of several of the hyperlinks in question.

Lines said the advice revealed the data was indeed “confusing” and unlikely to be used in any meaningful way.

“In all the circumstances, noting in particular the expert opinion that the data does not appear to have been produced in any meaningful form, I have determined, in my discretion, that it is not within the public interest to take further action in connection with the matter,” the ombudsman said in a statement Monday.

“Even so, the use of for the management of media distribution lists by the former government as a carryover from the opposition is regrettable and has created the perception that public information is used for partisan political purposes.”

Lines said he released details of his investigations to remind all political parties of the importance that government resources not be used, or appear to be used, for partisan political purposes.


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