Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan hit by mobile phone privacy breach

UPDATE:

As of 9am Tuesday, the archived copies of files containing the mobile phone numbers of MPs and Senators have been taken offline.

Google’s automatic backup service, Google Cache, was hosting non-redacted mobile phone expense claims as late as 10pm on Monday.

A Department of Parliamentary Services spokesperson said google had complied with a request to remove the content.

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“Following representations by the Department of Parliamentary Services to Google, Google has now deleted cached documents from their network,” the spokesperson said.

“The Department has publicly acknowledged and promptly responded to the issue when it was identified and is working with our stakeholders towards rectifying the problem and ensuring it does not happen again.”

MONDAY:

MEMBER for Mallee Andrew Broad and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan are among dozens of MPs and senators who had their mobile phone numbers mistakenly published by the federal government.

Three months ago, the Department of Parliamentary Services published a routine update to declarations of mobile phone expenses claimed by elected representatives and their staff members.

Fairfax Media reported on Monday that the documents were not properly redacted and many personal mobile phone numbers were published in white text.

The confidential information could be revealed by copying and pasting the text from the online PDF documents.

The Department moved swiftly to remove the documents from its website on Monday.

However, the Mail-Times can reveal that the same documents can still be found online via free and public services that create automatic archives of websites.

The Mail-Times has chosen not to name the services involved.

Some members and senators had their personal phone numbers published in the documents, while others contained the details staff members.

The Department has been contacted for a response.

Mr Tehan is the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security.

Mr Tehan recently met with corporate leaders to discuss the importance of securing digital information.

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