Privacy breach as Australia publishes asylum-seeker details
SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian government admitted on Wednesday it accidentally published the personal details of thousands of asylum-seekers in detention in a major privacy breach that refugee advocates said could put lives at risk.
The immigration department was alerted to the error on its website by The Guardian, whose Australian edition reported that the vast database contained full names, nationalities, location and boat arrival information.
It said every person held in a mainland detention facility and on Christmas Island was identified, as well as several thousand living in the community under the community detention programme.
The department said the information was never intended to be in the public domain.