NZ: OPC finds leading cause of privacy breaches is human error

Catherine Knowles reports:

Human error is the leading cause of serious privacy breaches, according to a new report released today by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC).

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says, “We are seeing clear patterns emerging since mandatory reporting of serious privacy breaches came into effect with the Privacy Act 2020 on 1 December last year.”

Since reporting of serious privacy breaches became a legal requirement, OPC has seen a nearly 300% increase in privacy breach reporting compared to the same 11-month period the year before.

Human error has been the leading cause of serious privacy breaches during this period (61%), with email error accounting for over a quarter of those breaches.

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