File containing asylum seekers’ data downloaded in China, Russia and Egypt

Paul Farrell and Oliver Laughland report:

A file containing the personal details of almost 10,000 people in detention was accessed in 16 countries, including China, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan and Russia, raising further concerns that asylum seekers returned to their countries of origin or their families may be at risk of persecution.

In February the immigration department inadvertently published a file containing the personal details of asylum seekers, including their names, dates of births, locations in detention and nationalities.

The breach could place asylum seekers and their families at risk if they are identified by the authorities in their country of origin. A report by management consultants KPMG found that widespread internal failures in the immigration department led to the breach occurring.

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