AU: Centrelink’s slap on the wrist for shocking privacy breach

Noel Towell reports:

A Centrelink manager who left dozens of sensitive client files on public transport earlier this year has been let off with a small fine and a reprimand.

Departmental insiders say client’s private financial data is still being routinely carried around on trains and buses in and around the Queensland capital despite the welfare agency’s bosses warning of the consequences.

Documents containing details of 23 clients’ full financial disclosures, including bank account numbers and details of property holdings, superannuation and investments, were left by an official from the welfare agency at Darra in the southern suburbs of Brisbane in mid-July.

Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald.

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