AU: Personal data ‘left open to frauds’

Richard Willingham reports:

The security of personal information held by the state government is inadequate, leaving it at a heightened risk of being stolen and misused by frauds, a report has found.

An Auditor-General’s report into government departments, released yesterday, said access to confidential personal data was too widespread and increased the risk of identity theft and fraud.

Three departments did not even identify confidentiality of personal information as a risk.

In one case, the report found that actual personal data from the human resource system and payroll system was used to develop and test an application.

Read more in The Age.

Related: the full Victorian Auditor-General’s report, “Portfolio Departments: Interim Results of the 2009–10 Audits,” can be obtained here (PDF, 1.3MB)

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