Health survey sparks ‘Big Brother’ fears

Source: ABC

Two participants in the Federal Government’s compulsory Australian Health Survey say the experience has been deeply intrusive and a stressful violation of their privacy.

A Queensland woman likened the survey process to having Big Brother knocking on her door asking for urine, and said the line of questioning intruded into her grief over the recent death of a loved one.

And a Victorian woman told the ABC News Online Investigative Unit she felt strong-armed into giving private health and lifestyle details to a stranger.

Up to 50,000 randomly selected adults and children are compelled to take part in the survey, which is being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in consultation with the Department of Health and Ageing.

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