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Re: Valid/sufficient identification mechanisms/credentials for personal data collection.
From: "Kurt Seifried" <bt () seifried org>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 01:12:25 -0600

Currently, every Australian resident is going through their Census
(http://www.abs.gov.au/census) survey forms. Seems like a reasonable
thing to do, maybe not for the paranoid, but anyway… The form is
around 18 pages long and contains a fair amount of personal questions
such as your name, surname, date of birth, address, employment
information, income bracket, etc. A sample can be found here:

It is delivered via a courier and is left near the front the door, and
pick-up is very much the same. On the front cover of the form, one of
the bullet points is "Your Collector will return between 9 August and
28 August to collect your form".

Interesting, in Canada we mail them in, or we can fill them out online. Each paper census that was delivered had a large unique number on it you had to enter to do the census online (so they can match forms delivered to responses, and addresses and whatnot). Seems alot more secure and cheaper than "leave it out on the porch for a few weeks".


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