Not Saussure

August 29, 2006

Oz ID card database racked by identity fraud claims | The Register

Filed under: ID cards — notsaussure @ 12:01 am

Couldn’t happen here, of course.

Oz ID card database racked by identity fraud claims | The Register

Australia’s identity card system was routinely searched for personal reasons by government agency employees, some of whom have been sacked.Police are now investigating allegations of identity fraud resulting from the security breaches.

There were 790 security breaches at government agency Centrepoint involving 600 staff. Staff were found to have inappropriately accessed databases containing citizens’ information. The databases are part of a massive federal Government smart card project which will link medical, welfare, tax and other personal data on Australia’s 17m citizens.

In total, 19 Centrepoint employees have been sacked and 92 others have resigned. Police are conducting investigations into five employees, they said.

The man charged with protecting citizens’ privacy in relation to the project said that the government must do more to prevent this kind of security breach when so much vital information is gathered in one place.

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