AU: Veterans' Affairs forced to apologize over privacy breach

Paris Cowan reports:

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has ordered the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to apologise to one of its clients after it handed details of an ongoing dispute over to his employer.

In a case that tests nearly every exemption to the Privacy Act’s non-disclosure provisions, Pilgrim knocked back repeated attempts by the DVA to defend its exchange of details about the man’s behaviour.

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