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Ferguson must reveal extent of personal data breach

  • Alarming development for Tasmanian workers and job applicants
  • Ferguson has done nothing for three years around IT security risks
  • Tasmanians deserve to hear extent of breach so they can act

Technology Minister Michael Ferguson must immediately reveal the extent of a data breach possibly involving hundreds of Tasmanian public servants and job applicants.

Shadow Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Michelle O’Byrne said in the wake of a data breach at PageUp, Minister Ferguson must communicate immediately with members the Tasmanian public service and job applicants so they know what information has been compromised.

“This is an alarming development for many Tasmanians whose personal information such as tax file numbers, bank account details, salary and other highly personal information may have been compromised,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Michael Ferguson needs to outline exactly what type of information has been compromised and how many people have been affected, so that Tasmanians who may have been caught up in this situation can act to secure what personal information they can.

“We understand this issue was flagged earlier in the week with the Government yet it has only acted late today.

“This breach follows a damning Auditor General report that found Michael Ferguson has done nothing for three years to protect exposed personal information of Tasmanian health patients.

“Mr Ferguson was warned of the possible breach in 2015 yet his only action in three years has been to get the report removed from the internet.

“Today’s developments with PageUp are concerning and Michael Ferguson needs to change his approach and be open with Tasmanians about what information has been compromised.”