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17 days to reveal health data breach simply not good enough



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CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

17 DAYS TO REVEAL HEALTH DATA BREACH SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH

The Government's 17 day delay in admitting to a breach of health data under their watch is unacceptable.

The researchers who discovered the breach of Medicare PBS numbers have revealed the Government was alerted to the breach on September 12 - but they waited until yesterday to say anything.

This Government only cares about themselves and covering their tracks at every step. Why did the Turnbull Government feel that Australians didn't have the right to know for more than two weeks?

According to reports today, there were 1500 downloads of the data set, with the records containing details of prescriptions and procedures that could reveal extremely sensitive health information.

The Health Minister's failure to stand up and give Australians basic details about this breach is appalling.

It's no wonder the Attorney-General is dragging his feet to introduce mandatory reporting of data breaches, when his own Government waits 17 days to admit to a data breach, and doesn't commit to informing everyone affected.

Given this Government's disastrous track record in IT, they will do everything to pass the back and avoid answering questions. It simply isn't good enough.

FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

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