The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has issued a statement regarding the privacy and potential breaching of data for its MATES program following reports that veterans’ data was handed to the University of South Australia without their consent.

The Veterans’ MATES program has been operating for more than 18 years to provide a service addressing ‘real life’ health care problems in the veteran community.

In their statement, DVA reassured veterans and families that there has not been a breach of their data, and there is no systemic data security issue.

You can read the full statement from DVA HERE.