The National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (known as the NIDS legislation) was passed in the House of Representatives on November 21, 2017, amidst considerable public debate. You can read the entire legislation here.
For more information on NIDS, go to the dedicated website. You can also submit queries on the site, which has an extensive list of FAQs. Follow NIDS Facts on Twitter @NIDSFacts and like the page on Facebook
There are several questions on the topic “How Secure is My Data?” on the website. This was an area of particular concern for members of the public, the media and some Members of Parliament. Hence the proposed Bill, detailed below, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament by the end of June according to Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Andrew Wheatley.
If you would like to submit comments on the bill, you should do so not later than January 17, 2018.
Privacy of Personal Data Bill
See sections related to exemptions #33 (National Security Exemptions); #36 (Journalism, Literature, Art).
NOTICE FROM THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT