NZ: Ministry investigates WINZ privacy breach

Radio New Zealand reports:

The Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development are investigating a privacy breach after a Work and Income client accessed someone else’s information.

Yesterday, the man told RNZ he was trying to access his WINZ account through government’s RealMe identity verification system and got another client’s details.

The man – who wished to be known only as Tom – said he had access to personal details such as the other user’s phone number and email address, and had the ability to go in and change the details. He was unable to access his own account.

Read more on Radio New Zealand.

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  1. Anonymous - February 8, 2016

    Why would anyone consider joining or should I say being herded into that path of privacy surrender…If an innocent attempt to access your own info is stymied , yet access to someone elses private information is given… how could you possibly trust this attempt to streamline services for the supposed benefit of all concerned.
    The other point to consider regards the government agencies that have multiple access to your private information from the various sources they demand…most particularly precluding your ability to keep control over that information… and especially for those members of our society that don’t access the internet easily or at all for whatever reason.

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