Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fury over Privacy 'Breach'; Hospital Site Protesters Claim Their Personal Details Were Leaked Online

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fury over Privacy 'Breach'; Hospital Site Protesters Claim Their Personal Details Were Leaked Online

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Byline: Rick Koenig rick.koenig@tweeddailynews.com.au

FURIOUS Tweed Valley Hospital site protesters say their privacy has been breached after a State Government body allegedly published their personal details online without permission.

Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital leader Hayley Paddon said anyone who made an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submission for the Tweed Valley Hospital had their private details, including address, e-mail and IP address, disclosed on the Department of Planning and Environment website.

She said this was despite a promise on the submission form that stated "no more than an individual's name and suburb" would be published.

More than 1000 submissions were made on the EIS to the Department and are now available for viewing on the NSW Major Projects website.

The personal details of those who made submissions are listed online, while those who requested otherwise have had their details blacked out.

Mrs Paddon said she had spoken to Department officials "who have bluntly declined to take any action".

"Their website makes full contact details mandatory but clearly promises that only their name and suburb will ever be published (unless the submission body text includes other contact information.)," she said.

"They did the opposite. This is just one more betrayal of trust by a government more interested in discouraging people's confidence in participation than fostering it."

Mrs Paddon, who was a victim of identity theft last year, said the alleged breach of her IP address was "the last thing" she needed.

State Labor candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot also chimed in, claiming the "massive data breach" was a failure by Tweed MP Geoff Provest, who needed to "explain why his government had "compromised so many locals by publishing their personal private details on the internet". …

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