20 Feb 2014

Minister Morrison shoots mouth of before knowing the facts.

Minister Morrison shoots mouth of before knowing the facts, WOW what a surprise.
Now we know why he doesn't like meeting the press.

Asylum seeker data breach: Guardian Australia responds to Scott Morrison

The document was freely available for download from a public area of the immigration department’s website
Guardian Australia, which on Wednesday broke the story of the government’s massive data breach whereby the private information of almost 10,000 people in immigration detention in Australia was published on the Department of Immigration website, welcomes Scott Morrison’s admission that this is an “unacceptable incident” and “a serious breach of privacy by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection”. We welcome the review into how the breach occurred, and the privacy commissioner’s announced investigation.
However there are a few points in the immigration minister’s statement which require a response.
Morrison says the information was not “in an easily accessible format within the public domain”. Guardian Australia can confirm that the document was freely available for download from a public area of the department’s website, along with many other public files. The document and the data contained within it were straightforward to access.
In his statement, Morrison reveals details about the document, including the date of its publication and the type of file. In a subsequent television interview, he named the document.
Guardian Australia has not released the name or date of the document, to ensure no further breach of privacy.
So in fact the Guardian was more conscious of what material should be released than the Minister.

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