AU: Telco AAPT breached Privacy Act, Melbourne IT given all-clear

Michael Lee reports:

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has found AAPT to be in breach of the Privacy Act after it was hacked and failed to secure customer information.

That information was held on Melbourne IT’s systems. At the time of the incident, Melbourne IT CEO Theo Hnarakis told ZDNet that “whether it’s current, whether it’s historic, it’s not our data”, and it had not involved the privacy commissioner.

The commissioner became involved anyway when he launched an own-motion investigation into the matter to determine whether either company had violated Australia’s National Privacy Principles (NPPs). AAPT has already been given a warning by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for violating the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code.

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