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What is a Notifiable Data Breach (NDB)?

Date posted:
26 February 2018
Authored by :
Dan Norton

Effective 22nd February there is now new legislation in place that requires any organisation with a turnover of greater than $3m to report if they have been the victim of a data breach.  A data breach is simply where personal information held by an organisation is lost or subjected to unauthorised access or disclosure.

Examples are where personal information is mistakenly given to the wrong person or where a device with this information may be lost, stolen or hacked. If you are the victim of any of these cyber crimes then you must report to the Office of Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). A failure to do so can lead to significant penalties for both an individual and the organisation.

Worst Data Breach in Australian History 2017

Precedent Communications fell into liquidation in December last year, 13 months after it was revealed that the personal records of 550,000 donors to the Red Cross Blood Service were exposed online. Precedent had been engaged to redesign and maintain the Red Cross' core website in 2015.

The breach exposed names, gender, physical and email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and countries of birth when an anonymous individual came across a 1.74GB file containing 1.28 million records while scanning IP address ranges.

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For more information about notifiable data breaches, visit the Office of the Australian Information Commisioner website.