NZ: Policeman’s leak of data breached privacy law

Jared Savage reports:

A police officer who leaked secret information to his wife in a bid to win a custody battle with her ex-husband also breached privacy law, a watchdog has ruled.

The Herald revealed in February that an internal police investigation found Senior Constable Terry Beatson used the police National Intelligence Application (NIA) to open the man’s file 17 times over four years.

Doing unauthorised checks over the network is considered serious misconduct under the police code of conduct and can be grounds for dismissal.

The North Shore officer has kept his job despite giving confidential information to his wife, who was in a custody battle with her ex-partner over their young son.

Read more in the New Zealand Herald.

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