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New Zealand Privacy Commissioner releases annual report

Stuff reports on a case in New Zealand that was cited in a newly-released annual report by the Privacy Commissioner. Disturbingly, the unnamed government agency not only did not set a great example for data protection, but they demonstrated less than admirable response to the incident of insider-wrongdoing that harmed a member of the public. Stuff reports:

A government employee in dispute with his neighboursnooped on him 73 times after accessing his employer’s “sensitive” records.He also changed the man’s file to add allegations of “improper conduct”.When the government agency found out about the privacy breach it reviewed its processes but was not willing to apologise to the neighbour or pay him compensation.[…]The commissioner has called for changes to the Privacy Act to introduce “meaningful consequences” for non-compliance, including for the commissioner to decide which cases should go to the tribunal and for the commissioner to take the claims.

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