West Australians’ highly sensitive personal data put at risk as COVID-19 contact tracing system lacks security

Home Health West Australians’ highly sensitive personal data put at risk as COVID-19 contact tracing system lacks security
West Australians’ highly sensitive personal data put at risk as COVID-19 contact tracing system lacks security

WA’s COVID-19 contact tracing system is plagued with significant privacy and security concerns, putting at risk highly sensitive personal and medical information collected from more than half a million people.

Those are the findings from an auditor-general report tabled in parliament yesterday that examined the way the Health Department handled data collected from COVID-positive people and their close and casual contacts.

The litany of issues included:

  • The absence of data encryption to protect personal information
  • Inadequate logging of access to sensitive data
  • A former contractor being allowed ongoing access to sensitive information
  • A lack of restrictions to stop malicious files being uploaded and compromising confidentiality
  • Errors and inefficiencies resulting from the manual entry of data, and
  • A failure to adequately inform the public about information collected

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