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Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest | Breaches Abound, Including PI of Millions of myGov Users Related reading: WP29 on data breach notification


The Sydney Morning Herald reports researchers have found the myGov website “has been exposing millions of Australians' personal information by leaving serious security flaws unchecked” in this “critical government website” that stores such data as doctor visits, prescription drugs, childcare and welfare payments. Separately, Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan had cautioned that the government “should prepare to have the ‘Australia Card’ debate all over again if it plans to go ahead with a recommendation to make the myGov web portal opt-out rather than an elective process.” Meanwhile, Telstra’s Mike Burgess has said the company has taken steps to improve security “following three data breach investigations launched by Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim since 2010.” And the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is reportedly now investigating a separate case where “the private details of more than 400 CBUS superannuation fund members—most of whom are not union members— ... was allegedly given to the NSW Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union branch secretary without the knowledge of the workers involved.” In another incident, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has said it is “engaging an external reviewer to ensure it is best placed to maintain data security … after a staff member was arrested for disclosing market-sensitive embargoed information.”
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