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Pilgrim Finds AAPT Breached Privacy Act

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

October 17, 2013

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has determined AAPT to be in breach of the Privacy Act after it failed to secure customer information following a hack by Anonymous. The commissioner found AAPT in breach of the sections of Australia’s National Privacy Principles addressing the security of personal information and retention of personal information. The report notes that AAPT previously received a warning from the Australian Communications and Media Authority for violating the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code, and while AAPT is currently not subject to formal fines, when the commissioner’s expanded powers come into effect in March, “Pilgrim will have the ability to … hand down civil penalties” of up to AU$1.7 million for companies.
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