Feeds

Oz DNA tester’s privacy shocker

Some people shouldn't be let near Web servers

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

In a facepalm, forehead-slap, hang-your-head-in-shame howler, South Australian DNA testing company Medvet has left its online customer accounts system open to being indexed by Google.

As reported by The Australian, the search engine’s crawlers have dutifully recorded customer invoices including addresses and, in some cases, names.

Medvet’s managing director is reportedly seeking information from the company’s software supplier, rather than staging a public hanging of whoever set up robots.txt on its Website.

Although the SA government-owned company is trying to take action, it seems at sixes and sevens about what to do, telling the Oz it would conduct a full “security vetting” of the system, but not mentioning whether or not it would get in touch with Google to ask whether the search results can be removed.

At the time of writing, The Register was able to confirm that the search results remained in the Google cache (below).

Redacted version of Google cache results for Medvet.

Even without names, the privacy breach is disturbingly creepy: "That's my address, but I didn't order a paternity test / drug test - who did and why?"

While no test results appear in the searches, the privacy breach is serious enough for Australia’s Privacy Commissioner Tim Pilgrim to launch an investigation.

According to The Australian, Medvet was first told of the privacy breach in April. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.