Telstra fined, warned after new privacy breach

Mitchell Bingemann reports:

TELSTRA has been fined $10,200 and warned over privacy breaches after an information leak exposed almost 16,000 of its customers’ private data online.

In a joint investigation by the federal Privacy Commissioner and the communications watchdog, Telstra was found to have breached the Privacy Act by exposing online the data of some 15,775 Telstra customers, including 1257 silent line customers, when the telco giant failed to adequately protect the information.

The breach, discovered in May last year, meant that private customer data including names, telephone numbers and home and business addresses could be found through simple Google searches.

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