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Soldiers' Details Posted Online, Investigation Pending

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

March 5, 2012

ABC News reports that the Australian Defense Force is under investigation for a privacy breach affecting up to 80 soldiers. Medical information, discipline records and psychology reports were posted online and publicly available for several months. "I got called crazy based on the stuff about my post traumatic stress disorder," one soldier said. Former New South Wales Privacy Commissioner Chris Puplick said, "From what I've seen, I think it's a shocking breach--the fact that this sort of information is so easily accessible to people who have no reason and indeed no right to have that." The soldier has complained to the Australian privacy commissioner, and an investigation is underway.
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