Revelations that ‘human error’ by a Victorian state department customer service employee led to the release of personal details of an unknown number of hunters should be a cause for alarm, Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party Member for Northern Victoria Daniel Young said.
“In a media statement quietly issued today by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, we have learned that a customer service centre employee ‘unintentionally’ shared confidential data held by the Game Management Authority,” Mr Young said.
“While the department has tried to assure us the sensitive data sent to eight individuals will not compromise the privacy of the GMA customers affected, I am alarmed that such a potential for human error was not identified in what I assume are routine risk assessments.”
An investigation by the DEWLP revealed that the names, addresses and game license categories of GMA members was among the information shared inadvertently via emails to GMA customers trying to renew their own game licenses.
Mr Young said it also raises concerns whether other state departments are at risk of similar violations to citizens’ privacy.
“These are the very risks posed to a person’s privacy by a gun registry, and support my argument it should be abolished,” Mr Young said. “It puts the identity of law-abiding firearm owners one keystroke away from being known to criminals.”