AU: Department of Defense fined $5000 for privacy breach

Paris Cowan reports:

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has ordered the Department of Defence to apologise to a former employee as well as compensating him to the tune of $5000 after its human resources department passed on medical records against his wishes.

Pilgrim handed down the findings today, in the aftermath of a compensation claim mix-up that saw Defence officials pass the results of the claimant’s independent medical assessment onto his GP despite him expressly asking them not to.

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