The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has apologized for revealing the personal email addresses of more than 2,700 Australians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We apologize for the unintended disclosure of the email addresses of stranded Australians, in an attempt to help them return home. No other personal information has been disclosed. We want to bring you back home and we are working hard to do so," said a statement on the matter posted on the ministry’s website. ".
The "SBS" channel stated that the Australian Foreign Ministry forgot to hide email addresses in correspondence about a proposed loan to pay for accommodation and tickets for Australians stranded abroad.
The ministry made attempts to withdraw the letter, but then asked recipients to delete it to reduce the security risks.
"The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has apologized for unintentionally disclosing the email addresses of 2,727 people," a ministry spokesman said.
The ministry confirmed that it would work to ensure that such a mistake was not repeated.
According to the TV channel, there are currently no more than 25,000 Australians able to return home.