Personal details of several world leaders were accidentally shared by the Australian Immigration Department before the Brisbane summit.
White House press secretary Eric Schultz said the reports were being investigated.
“I have seen those reports. I can’t confirm that at this time,” he told reporters on Air Force One.
“I can tell you that we’re looking into them and we’ll take all appropriate steps necessary to ensure the privacy and security of the president’s personal information.”
The email to the privacy commissioner said then-immigration minister Scott Morrison was notified but the department did not consider it necessary to notify the leaders involved.
A department spokesman released a statement saying the “data was immediately deleted by the recipient and was not distributed further”.
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