Australia opens data for more than 774,000 migrants | Instant News

Carelessness with data dangerous as a general rule, but very damaging when it affects vulnerable groups. The Australian Government faces criticism after its interior ministry left behind personal details of more than 774,000 existing and future migrants open on line. As Security Observed, SkillsSelect’s digital platform makes it too easy to filter expressions of interest (ie, people who intend to migrate) to see sensitive details such as age, country of birth, marital status, qualifications and application results. You can learn a lot about someone’s personal life if you have a vague idea about who you are looking for.

The Department of Labor takes Skills Select offline for “maintenance” immediately afterwards Security contact us, but it is not clear when the migrant device will return. Meanwhile, officials may experience problems, because they are required to notify the privacy commissioner and the victim.

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