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Personal information of asylum seekers — Statement from Privacy Commissioner

19 February 2014

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is aware of this data breach. I have spoken to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and have been assured that the information is no longer publically available. This is a serious incident and I will be conducting an investigation into how it occurred. As part of this investigation, the Department has undertaken to provide me with a detailed report into the incident. Further, the OAIC will be working with the Department to make sure they are fully aware of their privacy obligations and to ensure that incidents of this nature will not be repeated.

Timothy Pilgrim, Privacy Commissioner