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Policeman's Data Leak Breached Privacy Act

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 19, 2011

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has ruled the police department breached two principles of the Privacy Act when it "failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of...personal information," reports The New Zealand Herald. An internal police investigation found that a senior police officer used the National Intelligence Application (NIA) to open the file of his wife's ex-husband in an attempt to win a custody battle. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Mike Flahive said the victim "suffered harm" because the officer "used his privileged position within the police to access" the NIA records.
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