Australian Potential Data Breach: September 22 2020

Top Australian tenancy blacklist firm under investigation by information commissioner

Trading Reference Australia obtains injunction to not hand over details to information commissioner

Source: Top Australian tenancy blacklist firm under investigation by information commissioner | The Guardian
More reports from: The Guardian.

The federal information commissioner is investigating a potential data breach at one of Australia’s biggest tenancy blacklists, run by Sydney company Trading Reference Australia (TRA).

TRA has moved to stymie the investigation, obtaining a federal court injunction that quashes an order from the commissioner that it hand over information about the breach.

Tenant blacklists contain information on people and companies that have allegedly breached rental conditions or damaged properties. TRA also offers a service where it refers “problem tenants” who leave a property owing landlords money to debt collectors.

Both the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and TRA refused to tell Guardian Australia when any breach occurred or how many people’s personal details may have leaked or been obtained by others not authorised to view the database.