On Thursday 25 May, the Member for Chifley asked me several questions about the data spill of MPs and Senators phone numbers which occurred on Monday 20 March. The Member for Chifley asked:For an update on the review into the data spill; To be advised of the remedial action which has been taken; and whether the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is subject to the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and if a breach of these principles by DPS or its contractors occurred.
I understand that the Member for Chifley also met with the Secretary of DPS on the 24th of May and posed similar questions to the Department.
I wish to now table my responses to the Member for Chifley’s questions. The information provided should be viewed as a response both to those questions addressed to me in the House as well as those questions addressed to DPS.
In tabling this statement, I hope to allay any concerns that members may still have about this issue. I can assure Members that this data spill has been taken extremely seriously by both myself and the President of the Senate and that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure, where possible, that this does not happen again.