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Investigation Report 05/2018: Operation Delaney―An investigation into whether an Australian Border Force officer improperly disclosed sensitive information

Many government officers have work-related access to sensitive information about members of the public. In some cases, this information may relate to a person with whom an officer is indirectly acquainted. In other cases, information may relate to an acquaintance of the officer’s family, perhaps a child at a vulnerable or impressionable stage of life. Government officers need to be alert and scrupulous in their dealings with persons who are associated with the subject of information. Furthermore, they need to be alert to the risk of innocent or unintended disclosures by family members, particularly child or adolescent members, and to take care to manage that risk by restricting information and counselling family members about the need for discretion and caution.