AU: Sensis publishes hundreds of silent numbers online

Andrew Sadauskas reports:

Sensis and Telstra are investigating a privacy breach that led to the publication of the unlisted phone numbers and addresses of at least 230 residential and business customers.

At least 80 residential customers with unlisted numbers have had their phone numbers, addresses and, in some cases, part of their names published in the White Pages online directory.

In addition, 48 business customers with unlisted numbers in NSW, 21 in Queensland, 29 in Victoria, 39 in South Australia, five in both Western Australia and Tasmania, and two in both the ACT and NT were affected by the privacy breach.

This is a useful reminder that even directory information can pose a dangerous breach:

The privacy breach comes after a Sydney judge was forced out of his home as a result of Telstra inadvertently listing his name and address in the White Pages. The telco was subsequently fined $18,000 by the Privacy Commissioner.

In the meantime, Sensis is pointing the finger at the carrier(s) who provided the information and Telstra is pointing the finger at one of its wholesale customers.

In June 2014, there was a similar incident. In that case, it was Optus who had supplied the wrong information to Sensis.

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