Victorian Bar Media Release - Victorian Bar Calls on State Government to Explain Serious Privacy Breach

7Sep2018

The Victorian Bar calls on the State Government to provide an explanation as to how personal information concerning one of its members came to be tabled in State Parliament and uploaded to the Parliament’s website this week.

Documents containing the information were among many thousands of documents tabled in the Parliament in relation to the rezoning of farmland on Phillip Island. They have since been removed from the Parliament’s website.

“The documents should have been reviewed for relevance before they were tabled and uploaded to the internet. It ought to have been immediately obvious that personal and medical information about a barrister had nothing whatsoever to do with the zoning issue,” said Dr Matt Collins QC, President of the Victorian Bar.

"Victorians have a right to expect that their privacy will be protected. The Victorian Bar calls on the State Government to investigate how this serious breach of privacy occurred, and to provide Victorians with an assurance that steps have been taken to ensure that it cannot happen again."

 

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