Vodafone’s ‘unforgivable’ hacking of journalist’s phone must be investigated, says union
Australia’s Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has called on the privacy commissioner to investigate the circumstances of the “unforgivable” hacking of a journalist’s phone data. On Saturday the Australian published leaked emails that detailed how a day after Fairfax journalist Natalie O’Brien revealed a serious data breach by Vodafone in 2011, there were discussions at Vodafone about unauthorised access to her call charge records and text messages. The company admitted on Sunday that O’Brien’s phone was accessed by an employee. The company claimed this was done for “privacy reasons” and to determine if criminal behaviour had occurred. It denied engaging in any “improper behaviour”. The company said in a statement it had commissioned a top accounting firm to investigate the incident, which found there was “no evidence” Vodafonemanagement had instructed an employee to access O’Brien’s phone records. On Monday MEAA chief executive officer Paul Murphy said the breach was shocking and called on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to investigate the circumstances. He also called on Vodafone to release the details of the internal investigation into the breach. “I was shocked that such a flagrant breach would occur, and then apparently be covered up,” he said. “It’s […]
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