(Another) WINZ privacy blunder

John Cousins and Fritha Tagg report:

Confidential documents detailing the mental health conditions of beneficiaries were given to a woman in a major privacy blunder.

Waihi resident Tracy Hall says the documents, which contain the names, phone numbers and mental health details of dozens of Work and Income clients, were given to her in error.

The list was inadvertently bundled up with the beneficiary forms given to Ms Hall.

“People make mistakes, but this was an awful mistake.”

Work and Income have confirmed the mistake happened in Waihi’s Winz office early this year.

Read more on Bay of Plenty Times.

This is not the first WINZ breach to be reported on this site:

And now this breach involving sensitive information.

Frankly, this is one of those situations where naming and shaming would probably not be effective, as WINZ has already gotten so much bad press over the years. What else does the NZ Privacy Commissioner have in his toolbox to protect people’s information?

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