NZ: Huge increase in Inland Revenue Department reports of privacy breaches in 2013

Looks like New Zealand’s new Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, has his work cut out for him. ONE News reports:

Confirmed privacy breaches at Inland Revenue have jumped by almost 400 percent in the past year despite a crackdown after a spate of failings.

In 2012 there were 32 separate privacy breaches but ONE News can reveal that has shot up to 151 incidents this year.

The figures, obtained under the Official Information Act, show more New Zealanders’ confidential details are ending up in the wrong hands.

And while the total number of people affected in the breaches has dropped from 6379 to 1158, hundreds more people are victims of serious breaches.


The Government has explained the jump in privacy botch-ups this year as increased reporting but despite repeated requests by ONE News, Inland Revenue would not put up anyone to be interviewed.

Read more on ONE News.

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