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Ambulance pager info “left out in the open for the last 20 years”, says communications specialist

After it was revealed yesterday sensitive personal and health details of Tasmanian ambulance patients had been leaked on a public website, the government have announced the matter of how the data was intercepted has been referred to Tasmania Police.
 
Following the public outrage after an individual ‘leaked’ the personal information online, a communications specialist working in the government field has revealed the Ambulance Tasmania pager systems have been available for public viewing for more than 20 years, with sensitive patient information available to anyone with a computer and less than $20 of external equipment.
 
Minister for Health Sarah Courtney says appropriate steps are being taken to limit the transmission of personal information via the paging system.
 
“I would like to reassure the Tasmanian Community that it is safe to call 000 in an emergency and we have taken steps to safely respond to this situation.
“I understand this may be distressing for those affected and I can assure Tasmanians that the Government is taking this matter incredibly seriously and I will take all necessary steps to protect the privacy of our patients. “

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