Push comes day after states suggest telco will pick up multi-million dollar tab for replacing driver’s licences of affected customers

The federal government has demanded Optus pay for new passports for customers caught up in the telco’s data breach, as the prime minister flagged an overhaul of laws relating to the collection of personal information.

The foreign minister, Penny Wong, has written to Optus raising concerns about criminals exploiting data harvested in the hack, saying there was “no justification” for victims or taxpayers to foot the bill for replacing compromised documents.

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