Earthquake data privacy breach ‘avoidable’

Charles Anderson reports:

A review of the Earthquake Commission’s handling of the privacy breach that revealed the details of all Canterbury claimants found the error could have been avoided.

The breach might not have happened if EQC had learned lessons from a similar breach at another government agency, the review said.

In early 2013, 83,000 Canterbury earthquake claims, including addresses and repair values, were mistakenly emailed by an EQC manager to Christchurch man Bryan Staples. This was eight times larger than originally announced – affecting every claimant in the Canterbury home repair programme.

Read more on Stuff, while I go searching for the actual review report.

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