Jurisdiction - Australia
Australia – Hacker Causes Privacy Breach.

25 October, 2013


Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT


The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found AAPT Limited breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) for failing to adequately protect customer data from unauthorised access.

AAPT had self-reported the fact that a server had been hacked and that personal information had been accessed and subsequently published. The Commissioner also found that AAPT had failed to comply with its obligation to destroy or permanently de-identify information no longer in use. Current privacy laws do not give the Commissioner the power to impose any penalties or seek enforceable undertakings from organisations investigated on his own initiative, but the statement observed that this will change when the amended Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) takes effect on 12 March 2014.

View the press release from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner here.


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