Fire chiefs issue apology for privacy breach in Port Hills fire report

So often reports to the public fail to properly redact personal information. Here’s a case out of New Zealand:

Fire chiefs have been forced to issue a shame-faced apology after releasing private, personal information in reports into last year’s Port Hills fires.

Almost a year since the massive fires on Canterbury’s Port Hills above Christchurch, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) yesterday released two reports into the fires that concluded they were deliberately lit, but that their causes were still unknown.

But, chief Executive Rhys Jones today admitted that the reports – released to media and published on the FENZ website – contained personal information that “should have been removed before being made available to the public”.

Read more on the New Zealand Herald.  In related coverage, Radio New Zealand reported that

Two reports on Fire and Emergency’s investigation released yesterday included some phone numbers and addresses for people who had called 111 during the blaze, as well as private details for two witnesses who reported suspicious behaviour.

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