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Mandatory data breach notification requirements for medical practice

David J Carter and Samuel Hartridge
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (5): 204-205. || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00577
Published online: 25 June 2018

Mandatory notification laws bring stiff penalties for failures to meet requirements of the notification scheme

The Australian Government has introduced new mandatory disclosure rules, which came into force in February 2018, requiring most health and medical providers to notify patients or others affected when there is a serious data breach that results in unauthorised access to personal information.1 With fines of up to $420 000 for individuals and far higher fines for businesses that fail to report serious data breaches,1 the mismanagement of a breach by a medical practice will potentially be very serious.

  • David J Carter1
  • Samuel Hartridge2

  • 1 Law, Health, Justice Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Correspondence: david.carter@uts.edu.au

Competing interests:

Samuel Hartridge is an in-house counsel to ParaFlare, a cybersecurity company.

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