Immigration Minister Scott Morrison appears to have worsened the Department of Immigration's accidental release of information relating to asylum seekers by revealing exactly where the information was located, further exposing asylum seekers and their families to the potential for retribution.

The Guardian revealed yesterday that information on the personal details of nearly 10,000 asylum seekers and other people in immigration detention had been embedded in data available on the Department of Immigration's website, after journalist and information activist Asher Wolf found the information in documents downloadable from the site. The department removed the material after being contacted by The Guardian mid-morning.