This report from the NSW Audit Office (Peter Achterstraat) concludes that the New South Wales government is not able to provide assurance that it is safeguarding its holdings of sensitive personal information because its policy has not been properly implemented.
The public sector legitimately gathers and uses personal information about citizens, and shares it within and outside government. But personal information can be misused with potentially serious consequences. If the wrong people get access to sensitive personal information an individual can suffer financial loss or damage to their credit rating, have their medical records compromised, or suffer from threats and harassment. Text adapted from AustralianPolicyOnline. Click here to read the full report.