Victorians are being monitored by a new secretive government agency which collates sensitive and private data and reports directly to Premier Daniel Andrews.
The high-tech data agency was set up in August, 2020 during the Covid pandemic but will continue operating in a move the opposition says is deeply disturbing.
Insights Victoria looked at how residents spent their money, their social media presence and physical and mental health.
The agency reportedly received $4.4million in the latest Victorian state government budget and will continue report to the premier, the Sunday Herald Sun reported.
It’s understood the agency uses publicly available information as well as ‘sensitive’ data that is updated seven days a week.
Opposition Treasury spokesman David Davis compared the system to a ‘dystopian society’.
‘In the new Insights Victoria with his intrusive and powerful deep dive IT system, monitoring Victorians every digital move, cross tabulating their personal information, Andrews has more power than Big Brother,’ Mr Davis said.