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Ashley Madison findings

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has released the final report on the Ashley Madison data breach which was a joint investigation with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

At the time of the breach, Ashley Madison had approximately 36 million user profiles — with many Australians among them. The data breach included people’s account information, email addresses, security questions and in some cases billing and geolocation information.

The report has outlined steps they must take, which are legally binding, these include:

  • enhance privacy safeguards.
  • amend information retention practices.
  • improve information accuracy.
  • increase transparency.

Next time you sign up to a website, think about what personal information you’re handing over. Take time to read through the privacy policy, and if it doesn’t explain how your information will be protected — ask questions.

Any person who believes their privacy may have been breached can contact our office for confidential assistance on 1300 363 992.