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Pilgrim: PSR Breached Privacy Act

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

September 19, 2011

After a 14-month investigation, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has determined that the Professional Services Review (PSR) breached the Privacy Act, The Australian reports. Pilgrim said the agency stored pharmaceutical and Medicare claims information in the same database, which "was in contravention of PSR's obligations under the privacy guidelines for Medicare benefits and Pharmaceutical benefits programs," Pilgrim said. The PSR has agreed to improve its data handling practices as a result; it will separate the stored data and update its information technology policies. Pilgrim also examined PSR's data security practices, finding that it "has appropriate security safeguards in place."  
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