OAIC responds to media coverage of health data breaches

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has today responded to a recent media report about the frequency of health data breaches in Australia. The OAIC's response includes an explanation of the mandatory notifiable data breach scheme, however the media coverage shows that while individual breaches can be investigated, it is too late to totally avoid reputation damage once a breach has taken place.

Organisations, particularly those that hold health data, should have an understanding at all levels of the organisation about the particular risks associated with the data they hold and should put in place preventative strategies that minimise the potential harm that breaches may cause. 

You can find the OAIC's response here: https://www.oaic.gov.au/media-and-speeches/statements/clarification-regarding-health-data-breaches

Doll Martin