Watchdog calls for mandatory data breach notification laws in Victoria

Joseph Brookes reports:

Victoria’s privacy watchdog has called for data breach notification laws in the state after a government department failed to tell people their data had been exposed in a serious breach by a man convicted of sexually assaulting a child.

The former case worker, Alexander Jones, is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy, whose information he attempted to access through the government database.

He had unauthorised access to the system because it was not revoked by the government department when he left one of its service providers in 2017, despite serious concerns about his behaviour at the time.


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