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Private emails of Aussies stranded overseas by pandemic leaked by DFAT

The private email addresses of Australians stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic have been unintentionally revealed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

A DFAT spokesperson issued an apology on behalf of the government agency tonight for the data breach.

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"We apologise for unintentionally disclosing email addresses of stranded Australians we're trying to help get home," a tweet posted by the DFAT account said.

https://twitter.com/dfat/status/1311258125807153157?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"No other personal information was disclosed.

"We want to get you home, and are working as hard as we can to do so."

An empty Sydney Domestic Airport in August.

Tens of thousands of Australian citizens are still stuck in overseas countries, faced with flight cancellations and very expensive travel costs that have prevented many from returning home.

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9News.com.au contacted DFAT for further comment on the breach. In an email response, the government agency referred back to its statement on social media and made no further comment.

Contact Luke Cooper via lucooper@nine.com.au if you're stranded overseas and would like to share your story.

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians. Visit the site here or call 1800 512 348.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-australia-dfat-revealed-private-emails-people-stuck-overseas-government-apology-covid19/e60b9b68-5aac-4efd-b78c-e8ecbaadb93d

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