AU: Asylum seeker data breach triggers court battles

Breaches have consequences.

Bianca Hall reports further developments in a breach previously noted on this blog:

The federal government will be forced to simultaneously fight dozens of court appeals later this month following a privacy breach, with about 40 asylum seekers preparing to launch appeals against their deportation in the Federal Circuit Court.

The asylum seekers are among the 10,000 who had their personal details revealed when the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) inadvertently released their names and addresses in a mass data breach on its website.

By Monday, 36 asylum seekers will have lodged individual court applications from detention centres in Sydney, Western Australia and Darwin, claiming the data breach puts them at risk of persecution in their home countries and they should automatically be given permanent protection.

Read more on Sydney Morning Herald.

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