OAIC Notifiable Data Breaches Report: July to December 2019

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published their report on notifications received by them under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019.

The report shows a 19 per cent increase in the number of data breaches reported to the OAIC between July and December 2019, compared to the first half of the year.

Malicious or criminal attacks including cyber incidents remain the leading cause of data breaches involving personal information in Australia, with almost one in three breaches linked to compromised login credentials.

The Report warns organisations about the risks associated with storing sensitive personal information in email accounts, as well as the risk of harm to individuals whose personal information is emailed to the wrong recipient.

Accidental emailing of personal information to the wrong recipient was the most common cause of human error data breaches over the period, accounting for 9% of all breaches.

The health sector is again the highest reporting sector, notifying 22 per cent of all breaches.

Finance is the second highest reporting sector, notifying 14 per cent of all breaches.

Contact information remains the most common type of personal information involved in a data breach.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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