HomesecurityDFAT: We apologize for the inconvenience to Australians

DFAT: We apologize for the inconvenience to Australians

The contact details of at least 15 Australian citizens were included in the "Cc" field of an email. Australian Foreign and Trade Minister (DFAT) Marise Payne has issued an apology after the identities of some Australian citizens living abroad were accidentally revealed in an email.

"I'm very sorry that these things have happened," Payne told ABC Radio on Friday morning.


This latest incident is the third privacy breach in three months.

This time, according to initial reports by the Guardian Australia, the incident happened when the Australian embassy in Paris sent an email to Australians who had registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to return home. In the email, the contact info at least 15 Australian nationals were included in section "Cc".



"I have talked to the secretary of my ministry about this. We know this is one issue to be addressed. We try to ensure that it does not happen again and we fully undertake them responsibilities. I know we try to be very careful with their personal details people, as we should, and to abide by our privacy obligations. ”

ZDNet contacted DFAT for further comments.

Earlier this month, DFAT issued a similar apology for revealing the emails of nearly 3.000 Australians who had been placed in the "To" field in an email instead of the "Bcc" field, according to the Guardian Australia.

More than 32.000 Australians remain in abroad. There is currently a weekly limit of 6.000 international arrivals.

Last year, the personal data of 300 Australian visa applicants was accidentally leaked to the wrong email address as a result of a error».

The ABC report details that the email containing information about 317 people was sent incorrectly in an error recipient.

In 2014, the Office of the Australian Information Officer (OAIC) ​​found that Home Affairs - formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) - was violating the Privacy Act by disclosing illegal personal information when it published details about 9.250 asylum.

A document containing the full names, gender, nationality, date of birth, location, details of arrival by ship and the reasons why the person was deemed "illegal" was available on the DIBP website for approximately eight days, as well as remained available on for about 16 days.

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