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Workers Fired for Privacy Breach

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

December 23, 2011

Stuff.co.nz reports that five staff members from South Auckland Work and Income (WINZ) have been fired for illegally accessing information on family and friends. The organization said there were "many breaches," prompting a national investigation. WINZ head Janet Grossman said it is "vital New Zealanders have confidence in the integrity of our staff and the welfare system." The nation's privacy commissioner has been informed of the incident, and victims of the breach have been notified.
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