Tas govt worker 'illegally accessed' data

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A government staffer in Tasmania is facing criminal charges after allegedly accessing about 1000 vehicle registration records from a national database without authorisation.

The Department of State Growth employee has been stood down pending a code of conduct investigation.

"It is alleged that over a four-year period around 1000 vehicle registration records were inappropriately accessed and released to an external party for debt recovery purposes," the department said in a statement on Thursday.

"The records in question were not limited to Tasmanian residents."

The staff member has been charged by Tasmania Police in relation to alleged unauthorised release of personal information from the national vehicle registration database, the department says.

"We are in the process of contacting Tasmanian residents whose information may have been released."

"We are working with other state and territory authorities to notify those affected in their respective jurisdictions."

The department has taken measures to further restrict access to the system and has increased direct oversight.

External experts will review the department's information security and access arrangements.

"The department is deeply sorry for any concern that this alleged incident may cause," the statement said.

"As the matter is now before the courts we are unable to provide any further details."

Tasmanian residents have been asked to contact a government hotline if they're worried their details have been accessed.

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