NZ: Westpac remains tight-lipped about privacy incident

Jimmy Ellingham has update on a breach first reported back in April.

Westpac remains tight-lipped about a privacy breach where customer details went walkabout from one of its Palmerston North branches.

The bank will not confirm if it has told affected customers what happened.

Meanwhile, the man who was accused of taking documents has not received an apology after being cleared of any wrongdoing. On March 1, Palmerston North man Tane Rogers left Westpac’s Broadway Ave branch with three pieces of paper listing details for 25 term deposits.

The documents, seen by the Manawatu Standard, spelled out customer account numbers, term deposit start and maturity dates, interest rates and balances.

Mr Rogers says he was given the papers as part of a sheaf of information handed over by a bank employee. But the bank called in police and is understood to have accused Mr Rogers of taking the papers and then trying to blackmail staff.

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