AU: Defence under investigation after privacy breach

Hayden Cooper reports on a horrific breach:

The Australian Defence Force is under investigation for a privacy breach that exposed the most personal details of scores of serving soldiers.

The bungle at Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks posted medical information, discipline records and psychology reports online for all to see.

One former soldier has told ABC’s 7.30 he was bullied and ostracised after his details were published, so much so that he attempted suicide.


Defence has confirmed that up to 80 soldiers were exposed; the documents include psychological reports, professional appraisals, and disciplinary records.

One file contains allegations of sexual abuse of a soldier’s child, while a psychiatric report talks about a soldier’s wife’s miscarriage.

Other personal files discuss hygiene issues, attitudes towards work, and marriage problems.

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