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Many government departments risk accidentally disclosing sensitive personal information because of poor controls on staff use of 'portable storage devices' (PSDs) such as USB memory sticks, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says.

A survey of the 42 main government agencies, undertaken by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner recently, shows PSDs are widely used but that there are real gaps in security procedures and practices.

View the full media release.

View a copy of the Report.

View the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner's 'Use of Portable Storage Devices privacy survey', January 2009 and also that of the Australian Government Office of the Privacy Commissioner 'Portable Storage Devices and Australian Government Agencies Personal Information Survey', April 2009.