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Data Theft
Misuse of authorised access or any other method, used by an employee, to steal data is not illegal in Australia.
Misuse of authorised access or any other method, used by an employee, to steal data is not illegal in Australia.

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SAI Global awarded over $280,000 in costs and damages after suing an employee datathief.
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Less than a minute after an event is too late. Data can be copied by an employee and gone from your business in literally seconds. 

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What business owner in their right mind would want to report their customer data had been stolen?

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In Australia, every business owner that has the personal information of their customers and other IP on a computer, in a book, a filing cabinet any other device is at risk of insider data theft. The law can't and won't protect you.

Intellectual Property and or Data Theft

Thanks to technology it’s easier than ever to copy and distribute information and that leads to problems when it comes to safeguarding intellectual property.

It’s all too easy for employees to copy material to a flash drive or a cloud storage service without the knowledge of the business owners.

However, the way computers work means that these activities almost always leave a trace. Timely forensic investigation can provide evidence of the theft.

Unfortunately in Australia proving the theft is not the issue. It is who do you report the theft to? Police? No, their is nothing they can do. Their hands are tied due to lack of legislation to prosecute insiders.

The Privacy Commissioner (OAIC)? - Yes but good luck with that. They may well fine the business owner under the Privacy Amendment Bill - 2012. The employee data thief is not covered by this bill or any other legislation.

A recent case reported to the OAIC, by persons effected by insider data theft went no where. The investigator closed the file despite being provided evidence the data thief lied to investigators and provided a hacker his login to steal thousands of medical files.

Job function often requires access to sensitive company and customer personal information. This access also provides the keys to the safe.

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According to the Identity Theft Research Center 2013 report, the healthcare sector accounts for more than 44 percent of reported major data breaches -- higher than the business sector, which accounts for about 32 percent.

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US - Wisconsin-based Harel Chiropractic & Massage is notifying roughly 3,000 patients that a former employee and contracted chiropractor accessed and removed their personal information – including Social Security numbers – from the clinic, and promptly resigned after.

"This is a very common occurrence in Australia and will remain so until legislators amend current Crimes and Privacy Legislation." 

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Medical identity information is significantly more valuable than credit card numbers or social security numbers alone. According to the World Privacy Forum, the former has a street value of around $50 -- compared to a street value of $1 for the latter.

And the average profit per record is $20,000 -- compared to just $2,000 for regular identity theft.

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The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data - Listen to the story!! Click the link below.

If you believe that a self entitled disgruntled employee health care worker in Australia has not stolen then sold health records on the black market think again.

If an employee would stoop so low as to steal patients health files from his employer then it is very likely that same person will sell those records on the black market which will pay upwards of A$24 for each record. They may also use those same records to set up a new competitive business or to help negotiate a position with a competitor.

The primary reason for Data Theft is financial gain. The thief wins on both counts and will probably take advantage of a black market sale and setting up with a competitor or opening a new competitive business.

Has this happened in Australia? Once the files are in the thief's hands they can be distributed within seconds and they could continue to treat the affected patients at the thief's new place of employment as if nothing had ever happened.

If a patient suddenly receives a change of address txt or email directly from a healthcare worker they have been seeing and not the medical centre where they use to work it is very likely that record has been stolen.

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Data theft is when someone takes information (data) from you/your business without authority to do so.

There is almost always the intention to use it for personal financial gain – to start up a new business or work in a business that is in competition to yours, on-sell the information to a competitor or encourage your clients/customers to purchase services or products elsewhere.
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