GP privacy slip may cost $1.7m

The 12 March change from the National Privacy Principles to the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) includes new civil fines of up to $344,000 for individuals and $1.7 million for companies, such as practices, for significant breaches of the guidelines.

Experts believe many GPs could be left exposed if they fail to take measures to protect against breaches of privacy.

Examples such as the hacking of patient records at the Miami Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast in 2012 exposed the need for heightened security around digitally stored patient

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