We’re not obsessive, civil libertarians tell Roxon

CIVIL libertarians have hit back at Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s comments labelling privacy and civil liberties groups as obsessive with regard to their fears of the risks of the government’s personally controlled e-health records (PCEHR) system.

Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) today renewed calls for Ms Roxon to improve the planned safeguards to ward against data theft and patient records being accessed by those without appropriate permissions.

Answering media questions last week regarding the Privacy Foundation’s fears, Ms Roxon urged the foundation to embrace the possibilities of new technology and suggested the electronic records were likely to be more secure than traditional paper based records.

“We're seeing what is, I think, a borderline obsession that if you use new technology that that's going to create a risk,” said Ms Roxon.

In response CLA CEO Bill Rowlings warned serious breaches of e