Australian Information Security Incident Reported: January 03 2020

Australian Privacy Breach January 2020: Redland City councillor Tracey Huges ‘deeply sorry’ over mistake in attaching spreadsheet to New Year’s Eve invitation

Councillor inadvertently shared personal details of 297 residents, and their details of correspondence with council

Source: Redland City councillor Tracey Huges ‘deeply sorry’ over mistake in attaching spreadsheet to New Year’s Eve invitation | Redland City Bulletin

A spreadsheet attached to an email sent by division 8 councillor Tracey Huges contained names, addresses, phone numbers and details of dealings with Redland City Council.

Council notified the 297 people who received the email on December 9.

That email, sent by acting Governance Services manager Kristine Viller, said that information had been disclosed to third parties.

“On behalf of council, I sincerely apologise and regret this situation has occurred. Council is committed to protecting its personal information holdings and an individual’s right to privacy, and, unfortunately, this has not occurred.”

A council spokesman said the incident had been reported to the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Independent Assessor.

“Council contacted both the OIC and OIA on December 9, the same day it became aware of the alleged privacy breach by Cr Huges – and reported the matter officially over the following days,” the spokesman said.