Personal details of world leaders ‘accidentally’ revealed by G20 organisers

The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach.

The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.

The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

The Australian privacy commissioner was contacted by the director of the visa services division of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to inform them of the data breach on 7 November 2014 and seek urgent advice…

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Did Obama’s mug appear on an Indonesian passport by any chance?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Never trust those Koalas. They’re sketchy.

  • TotallyPeeved


  • Minicapt

    Not a well researched article:
    1. The actual personal data listed were items available from Wiki and elsewhere; the passport and visa data were the problem, though the passport number is national and the visa info is Australian.
    2. The mention of Brit or French personal data rules is irrelevant in the absence of mutual agreements with Australia.
    3. Was the individual responsible for the breach a member of the Labor or Greens Parties?