Health data privacy – Family planning NSW

ABC News has reported that people looking for information about abortions and contraception could have had their personal information stolen, after a major data breach at Family Planning NSW.

Clients were alerted to the incident by an email signed by chairwoman of the FPNSW board, Sue Carrick, and chief executive Adjunct Professor Ann Brassil.

“These databases contained information from around 8,000 clients who had contacted Family Planning NSW through our website in the past two and a half years, seeking appointments or leaving feedback,” the email read.

The email claimed the hackers demanded a $15,000 bitcoin ransom on Anzac Day, and said the website was secured the following day. Adjunct Professor Brassil said refusing to pay the ransom was the only interaction FPNSW had with the hackers.