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).
"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."
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.
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 email@example.com if you're stranded overseas and would like to share your story.
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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