iview is a service that allows viewers to see programs that have already been broadcast, or in some case which are yet to go to air. All content provided is paid for with taxpayer funds as the ABC is a government-owned body.
A spokesperson from the Department of Communications told iTWire in response to a query about the issue: "While the Australian Government provides an overall level of funding to the ABC, the broadcaster has content and operational independence.
"Parliament has guaranteed this independence so the broadcaster’s decisions are free of political interference. Matters relating to iview account management are the responsibility of the ABC Board and executive.
The government's views were sought after the ABC reiterated its stance that it would go ahead with making logins compulsory for using iview, with the same to be implemented during the view.
It is not uncommon for the government to voice its views on ABC decisions, with many of the broadcaster's moves being criticised over the years.
But on this issue, one which concerns user data and user privacy, the government has chosen to keep silent.
Last year, when iTWire asked the ABC whether it shared iview user data with Google and Facebook — it has agreements with both companies under the government's media laws — the company was unwilling to give a definite answer.
Following an FOIA request by security researcher Dr Vanessa Teague last year, it emerged that the iview user data collected by the ABC through Google Analytics was being stored in the US.