Look back 2019: Public sector data security revamped after large breaches

In January, it was reported that the confidential details of 14,200 HIV patients were leaked online by American Mikhy Farrera-Brochez. PHOTO: ST FILE
In January, it was reported that the confidential details of 14,200 HIV patients were leaked online by American Mikhy Farrera-Brochez. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Data breaches and information security issues continued to stay in the spotlight this year, with the announcement that the public sector would be overhauling the way it manages data in all agencies, following several high-profile data security incidents.

The first few months of the year were rocked by reports of large-scale data breaches in the public sector, or involving public officers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline Public sector data security revamped after large breaches. Subscribe