New Task Force Being Launched to Safe Guard Visa Applicant's Personal Details
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia has sought to assure users, including visa applicants, that it continues to take steps to strengthen controls over private information it holds.
The assurance comes after a major breach during the recent G20 summit in Brisbane when the passport number and visa details of all the world leaders including US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Dave Cameron were inadvertently sent to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.
Now the DIBP has issued a statement saying that it takes its obligations under the Privacy Act very seriously and a new taskforce is being created to strengthen the handling of sensitive information following the data breaches.
'The department thoroughly investigates privacy breaches as soon as they are identified. All matters are notified voluntarily to the Privacy Commissioner and, if appropriate and required under law, to the Australian Federal Police,' a spokesman said.
He explained that the DIBP has now made significant changes to its information management practices, including establishing built-in safeguards to ensure that sensitive information is not inadvertently or deliberately released externally.
'An External Accountability Task Force, specifically focused on strengthening privacy and information management, has been established within the Department's Integrity, Security and Assurance Division,' he added.