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Tasmanian elector data leaks through third-party provider Typeform Featured

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The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) says that voter data such as names, addresses, email addresses and dates of birth may have leaked through a data breach suffered by Barcelona-based online survey and form building service Typeform.

Typeform said it had identified the breach on 27 June, with the data having been accessed from a partial backup of 3 May.

British digital bank Monzo was also hit by the breach, saying that the personal data of about 20,000 customers was likely to have leaked.

The TEC said Typeform online forms had been used on its website since 2015 for some of its election services.

The data that had likely leaked was provided by electors when applying for an express vote at the recent State and Legislative Council elections.

The TEC said the breach had no connection to the national or state electoral roll.

Typeform said subscription payment information was safe and secure (credit card, address, etc), as also Typeform passwords. Any data collected since 3 May was safe. But the company did not give any indication of how the breach had occurred.

"If you collected payments via our Stripe integration, all of your audience’s payment details are safe," the company added.

Monzo said a total of 19,213 email addresses of its customers had leaked, as also postcode and name of old bank (1600); Twitter username and email address (1434); email address and university attended (908); name, email address, city, age band and salary band (191); name, email address and employer (53); and name and email address (7).

The digital bank was in the news recently, when it spotted potential signs of a breach at the American multinational ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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