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Privacy doubts over Vic phone leak audit

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016

Victoria's privacy watchdog is to investigate whether Premier Daniel Andrews reported decision to audit MP's mobile phones over leaks to the media breaches privacy laws.

The Herald Sun says Mr Andrews told a cabinet meeting on Monday auditors KPMG would look at MP's devices to find out who gave 3AW broadcaster Neil Mitchell details about police numbers.

The Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection David Watts said on Friday he had received numerous privacy concerns about the audit and would be conducting an inquiry.

"As a result of those reports and concerns, I have today written to the premier of Victoria seeking information regarding that alleged audit," he said in a statement.

"This enquiry, made under section 79 of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, seeks to determine whether any breach of the Information Privacy Principles has occurred."

The government has not confirmed whether the audit will take place, with a government spokeswoman saying on Monday "the government does not comment on cabinet discussions".

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