Hunt backs down over My Health Record's patient privacy

Growing backlash prompts government promise to remove legal ambiguity

Police and government agencies will no longer be able to access a patient's clinical information in My Health Record without a warrant, the Minister for Health has promised.

Greg Hunt

The billion-dollar system has copped a public backlash over the lower legal thresholds that allow its operator, the Australian Digital Health Agency, to pass on clinical information without court oversight if it “reasonably believes” it is necessary to protect the public revenue or could prevent the breach of any law that imposes a penalty or sanction.