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  • Data providers

    The source entities for this data matching program include:

    • ride-sourcing facilitators from whom payments to individual ride-sourcing drivers are made
    • ride-sourcing facilitators’ financial institutions through which payments are directed.

    A principles based approach has been adopted to make sure that inclusion as a data provider is fair and transparent. Inclusion of a ride-sourcing facilitator as a data provider in the program is based on the following principles:

    • The data owner or its subsidiary operates a business in Australia that is governed by Australian law.
    • The data owner provides ride-sourcing facilitation services for ride-sourcing providers. The data owner provided these facilities in the years in focus.
    • Where the client base of a data owner doesn't present an omitted income risk or the administrative or financial cost of collecting the data exceeds the benefit the data may provide, the data owner may be excluded from the program.

    The data providers for this program will be reviewed periodically against the eligibility criteria and, if needed, will be included in the data matching program.

    Data elements

    We'll negotiate with the selected data providers individually to get data held within their systems. The collected data may contain all or a selection of the fields listed.

    We will seek to obtain the following information fields from the data providers for the 2015–16 to 2018–19 financial years:

    • payee name
    • residential address
    • postal address (if different to residential address)
    • birth date
    • mobile phone number
    • email address
    • bank account bank state branch (BSB) number
    • bank account number
    • Australian business number
    • vehicle details
    • date started as ride-sourcing provider
    • date finished as ride-sourcing provider
    • date of last trip made
    • detail (value, date and description) of all payments received in the relevant period

    Number of records

    The number of individuals affected by this data collection is expected to exceed 100,000 over the time period of the program.

    Data quality

    We expect the data gained will be of good quality as per the sample data collected under notice to the data providers.

    Data will be changed into a standardised format and validated to make sure that it contains the needed data elements – prior to loading onto our computer systems.

    See also:

    Data retention

    The collection of data under this program protocol is expected to occur quarterly throughout the period May 2017 to July 2019.

    We are seeking to have the Privacy Commissioner exercise his discretion and allow us to vary from the data destruction requirements contained in the Guidelines.

    We are seeking to keep each financial year’s data for five years. This is from the receipt of the last quarter’s data on the basis that its retention is needed for the protection of public revenue. Data is managed and destroyed in accordance with the requirements of the Guidelines and the National Archives of Australia's General Disposal Authority 24 – Records relating to Data Matching Exercises. Destroying the data earlier than the requested timeframe would hinder our ability to protect public revenue because:

    • individuals identified as not meeting their tax obligations, including being partly or wholly outside the tax system, may have been operating that way for multiple years. A retention period of five years will allow us to cross reference taxpayer records retrospectively
    • the nature of the discrepancy matching that occurs under this program will be, in some instance, iterative. This includes the data being used to generate lodgment reviews with subsequent lodgments, then being compared to the transactional data for accuracy – this process can occur over multiple years
    • it would hinder our ability to conduct long term trend analysis and risk profiling of the ride-sourcing market.

    See the Submission to the Information Commissioner setting out the basis for seeking the variation to the data destruction guidelines and its impacts on individual privacy.

    Public notification of the program

    We will notify the public of our intention to undertake this program by:

    • publishing a notice in the Commonwealth government notices gazette in the week commencing 5 June 2017 – gazette notice content
    • publishing this data matching program protocol on our website at ato.gov.au/dmprotocols
    • advising data providers they  
      • can notify their ride-sourcing providers of their participation in this program
      • should update their privacy policies to note that personal information is disclosed to us for data matching purposes.
       
      Last modified: 18 Dec 2017QC 50759