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LinkedIn 2012 data breach

20 May 2016

Statement by Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, on LinkedIn 2012 data breach

I am aware of the reports about the release of additional data from the LinkedIn 2012 data breach. This incident is a timely reminder during Privacy Awareness Week about the importance of protecting Australian’s personal information. It is also a reminder for Australians to ensure they regularly change their passwords and to make sure they use different passwords across their online accounts.

LinkedIn has made contact with my office and we are pleased to see that LinkedIn has notified its impacted members about the issue. My office encourages voluntary notification of data breaches or other potential risks to personal information. This is good privacy practice and helps protect business reputation by displaying transparency and proactive management to members or customers. It also gives people the opportunity to take proactive steps to protect their personal information.

If people have concerns about this matter, they can visit LinkedIn’s blog directly, or get in touch with my office at, or on 1300 363 992.