AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN groups have accused a US company of failing to act on a request for information about their faith ring after a federal inquiry found the business failed to provide a basic security measure.
The Independent Church of Australia has said it was not able to verify the ring’s authenticity because it was “anonymously distributed”.
The faith ring is a charity that is run by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and it is one of many faith groups that have raised concerns about the security of the group’s database.
It was also alleged the ring was being used to organise mass meetings and was used to obtain funds for “humanitarian” causes.
The ACL said the information was requested and approved by the church and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and was “in the public interest”.
“In all its forms, the ACL’s data and records are a treasure trove of valuable information for the benefit of all Australians,” the ACL said in a statement.
“We have no idea how it ended up in the hands of a US business.”ACL spokesman David Roberts said the Australian Police Service was “very concerned” by the allegations.
“The ACL takes the security and privacy of its donors and members very seriously,” he said.”AAP has been fully cooperating with the ACL, and will investigate this matter as fully as possible.”‘
We are not the victims’: ACL apologises to customersThe ACL’s chief executive, Richard LeFrak, said he had been informed of the concerns and would be “concerned” if any information were leaked.
“If any information is released, we are not, we’re not the victim of this,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“This is not something that we’re trying to hide.”‘
People are just waiting to hear more’The ACL has previously said the ring had been “sitting on” its database for several years and it had no idea the AFP had asked it to give up the information.
“When the ACL received the email that we had received about the breach, we immediately got in touch with the AFP,” Mr LeFraks said.
Mr Roberts said it would take time to get the information out, but the ACL had received “a lot of support”.
“We’re trying, we’ve been really, really, working hard,” he added.
“People are looking at it from a different angle, they’re just waiting for us to say ‘sorry, we can’t give it out’.”
The ACL will hold a press conference on Monday to discuss the security breach and whether it will take legal action.
Topics:government-and-politics,community-and-(human-interest),law-crime-and‑justice,police,australiaFirst posted March 08, 2019 12:47:26Contact Amy WainwrightMore stories from Victoria