Gov't Investigating Medical Testing Company Breach
DATA LOSS—SOUTH AUSTRALIAJuly 22, 2011
Australia's largest drug and alcohol testing company inadvertently made the personal details of people who had ordered paternity and drug tests accessible online, sparking a government investigation. MedVet, which is owned by the South Australian government, published to the Internet hundreds of customer names, addresses and products ordered, and while it pledged to do "everything possible" to remove the information, The Australian reports that the data was still available more than 24 hours after the company was alerted to the breach. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said he will investigate the breach and the company's failure to remove the data from the Internet. A MedVet spokesman said the company will notify affected customers once the problem is fixed.