The Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment are investigating a potential security breach involving the personal details of 774,000 migrants aspiring to immigrate to Australia.⠀

The details from the government’s SkillSelect app include AdUserIDs, the app’s unique identifiers for those applying for skilled visas, of which could be used in searches to reveal other personal information pertaining to applicants.⠀

A spokesperson for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said, “under the scheme, if an agency or organisation forms a belief that there has been an eligible data breach, they must notify affected individuals if there has been unauthorised access to, loss, or disclosure of personal information that is likely to result in serious harm. They must also notify the OAIC.” ⠀

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