Australia: Pushing the limits of privacy

The Australian – ONE day in late October, when they were barely home from a long overseas trip, Elisabeth and Rob Holdsworth were disturbed by a peremptory knocking on their door.It was a man who claimed to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics — an accreditation card hung around his neck — demanding to know why they had ignored a letter and several visits and had not been in touch. They explained that they hadn’t even picked up their mail from the post office yet.He insisted they make an appointment on the spot so he could return to ask them questions. He left a sheet of blue A4 paper, on ABS letterhead, which listed the documents they would need to support their answers: pay slips, income tax returns, bank and superannuation account statements, returns on investments, council rates, house contents insurance, mortgage and personal loan details, and more. Read Article

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