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Which industry is Australia’s worst offender when it comes to data breaches and cyber-security threats?

If you answered healthcare then congratulations, you’re on the money.

Health service providers were responsible for 58 of the 215 notifiable data breaches reported in the first quarter of 2019 according to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OIAC), Australia’s privacy watchdog.

It was a similar story in the December 2018 quarter (54 of 262 documented breaches) and in the  September 2018 quarter (45 of 245 documented breaches).

They’re concerning statistics, particularly when considered against the backdrop of public concern about patient privacy generated by the national roll-out of Australia’s controversial electronic health record My Health Record in 2018.


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