Public Transport Victoria in breach of Privacy Act after re-identifiable data on over 15m myki cards released

Asha Barbaschow reports:

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has been found in breach of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) by the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) for releasing data that exposed the travel history of 15,184,336 myki cards.

The myki dataset contained a record of “touch on” and “touch off” events recorded by the myki system between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2018, amounting to approximately 1.8 billion events across the 15 million distinct myki cards.

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