Maurice Blackburn Files Optus Data Breach Complaint with OAIC

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Law firm Maurice Blackburn has filed a formal complaint with the Australian Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to the data breach recently experienced by telephone company Singtel Optus.

OAIC may order Optus to pay damages to customers affected by the escape what was disclosed September 22.

The plaintiffs’ representative is academic Sean Foley of Macquarie University, one of millions whose data has been compromised, Maurice Blackburn said in a statement on Friday.

Four days after Optus revealed it had suffered the breach, another law firm – Slater and Gordon – said it would examine the possibility of initiating a class action to obtain compensation for the affected users.

Slater and Gordon made no further announcements other than ask relevant Optus customers to register and express their interest in being part of the action.

Foley, an associate professor, was told by Optus last month that his personal data had been exposed even though he ceased to be a customer in 2017.

The representative complaint alleges that Optus failed to protect personal information belonging to its customers and ensured that information it no longer needed was destroyed.

Maurice Blackburn’s manager, Vavaa Mawuli, said: “When people are required to share personal information in order to receive important services, they expect the data to be held securely and not in a which could put them at risk of identity theft.

“We filed this lawsuit today seeking compensation and holding Optus accountable for this catastrophic data breach.”

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