NZ: Law breach likely over Hager bank data

NZME reports:

A legal expert says police have probably broken the law by obtaining the personal bank information of journalist Nicky Hager without a court order.

Court records show detectives investigating the hacking of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer obtained nearly 10 months of transactions from Mr Hager’s accounts from Westpac without the legal authority to do so.

University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis said it seems police tried to take the easiest route by just asking Westpac for the information.

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