Flight Centre hackathon behind 2017 breach, exposed 6918 customers’ data

Ry Crozier reports:

A 2017 data breach at Flight Centre occurred when passport and credit card numbers for 6918 customers were accidentally left in a dataset used by the participants of a hackathon.

Details of the breach are revealed in a determination by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk that Flight Centre breached Australian privacy principles, including by using data for purposes other than the reason it was originally collected.

The breach was reported at the time but details were scarce, other than some data was disclosed to “third-party suppliers” in error.

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