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LIV concerned about privacy breach following release of documents

LIV concerned about privacy breach following release of documents

By LIV Media

Securities 

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The Law Institute of Victoria is disappointed private medical, personal and legal information has been released to the public in a serious privacy breach by the Victorian government.

The Law Institute of Victoria is disappointed private medical, personal and legal information has been released to the public in a serious privacy breach by the Victorian government.

LIV president Belinda Wilson said it was totally inappropriate that personal and financial data and legal information had been caught up in thousands of documents released by the state government this week.

“This is a serious breach of privacy. Victorians do not expect their personal information to be released to the public. Clearly the government did not mean to release the personal data, but it has happened and it is a serious issue and a breach of faith with the public. The community expects better from any government. These kinds of privacy breaches can lead to potential legal action.

“The LIV is also concerned that legal information has also been caught up in the release of documents. Lawyers are asked to give advice and their opinions based on the law,” Ms Wilson said. “This is often done on sensitive issues and it is not appropriate that this information is released. We don’t think lawyers should be providing advice and then looking over their shoulder in fear of that advice being released to the public. The integrity of the legal profession and the privacy of clients must be maintained. Lawyers should not be placed in the position of thinking they may need to tailor their advice in fear that it could be made public in the future.

“The LIV wants assurances from the state government that this kind of privacy breach will not happen again and believes that steps should be taken to tighten policies and procedures around protecting personal and legal information.”


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