In 2018, a Melbourne high school mistakenly released the personal digital records of hundreds of students.

Among the records were details of students’ “mental health conditions, medications, learning and behavioural difficulties”. This was bad enough but globally breaches of privacy like this can be much worse.

Last year, in Finland the counselling records of around 30,000 people were hacked. The hacker(s) attempted to extort victims with the threat that the records would be publicly released. The records included details of family abuse, sexuality that was hidden from others, and suicide attempts.

‘Accidents’ like leaking...

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