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Handy statistics – NDB scheme report

Anthony Stevens |

March 30, 2020



The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme was established in February 2018 to improve consumer protection and drive better security standards for protecting personal information. It applies to agencies and organisations who are covered by the Privacy Act 1988 and are required to take reasonable steps to secure personal information.

Key findings for the July to December 2019 reporting period

Total of 537 data breach notifications were received by the OAIC

Showing an increase of 19% of the number of reported data breaches to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner when compared to January to June in 2019.

64% of data breaches were deemed malicious or criminal attacks

Malicious or criminal attacks still remained the leading cause of data breaches in Australia. This showed an increase of 2% in comparison with the first half of 2019.

32% of data breaches are caused by human error

Showed a decrease of 2% when compared to the reported data breaches in the first half of 2019.

Less than 100 people were affected by the majority of reported data breaches

Source: OAIC