Government agencies can access your patients' My Health Record without a warrant

Independent researcher flags a 'significant reduction' in legal thresholds governing the release of private medical information

The legal thresholds for police and government agencies to access patients' clinical information on My Health Record are "significantly" lower than those protecting patient records held by doctors, according to advice from the Parliamentary Library.

Digital records

The billion-dollar system has been at the centre of another media frenzy as a three-month opt-out period begins, allowing patients to withdraw before they are signed up automatically in November.

Unlike GP records, the final say on whether police or a government agency can obtain access to a