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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | The latest on data breaches in the Asia-Pacific region Related reading: NZ citizens' PII stolen in breach of Australian financial services company

    • Security incidents at Australian universities have prompted discussions around including higher education and research facilities as “systems of national significance” in the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, ZDNet reports.
  • Also in Australia, for a year after leaving their job at Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services, a former caseworker who was investigated for an alleged child sexual abuse offense accessed a government computer system containing sensitive data of vulnerable children, Infosecurity Magazine reports.
  • In Japan, clothing retailer Urban Research apologized for unauthorized access to its official online store in early March that compromised the personal information of approximately 317,000 Club members, including their names, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates and genders. The company said it has strengthened security measures to prevent a recurrence.
  • New Zealand’s West Coast District Health Board is accused of breaching patients’ privacy after allegedly giving private medical information to the wrong person, Stuff reports. West Coast DHB General Manager Philip Wheble said, “Mistakes can occur, and these are reviewed and steps taken to mitigate future risk where we can.”

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