Australian Government Privacy Breach: October 23 2020

DFAT Stranded Aussies’ identities exposed again

The identities of Australians stranded overseas have been accidentally exposed for the third time in as many months.

Source: Stranded Aussies’ identities exposed again | The Canberra Times
More reports from: The Canberra Times.

The identities of Australians stranded overseas have been accidentally exposed for the third time in as many months.

At least 15 Australians in France have had their details shared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a data breach.

Marise Payne
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said her department was working to ensure it did not happen again.

This time around, according to initial reports by Guardian Australia, the incident occurred when the Australian embassy in Paris sent an email to Australians who had registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to return home. In the email, the contact details of at least 15 Australian citizens were reportedly included in the “Cc” section.