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ACC Coping with Breach Fallout, Commissioner Issues Victim Advice

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March 16, 2012

ACC Coping with Breach Fallout, Commissioner Issues Victim Advice  

Following its admission that about 9,000 records containing personal information were e-mailed to an unauthorized recipient, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is apologising to nearly 7,000 affected claimants, and ACC Minister Judith Collins says her agency "poorly handled" its response to the breach, reports The New Zealand Herald. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is investigating the incident, a move the Green Party requested citing the ACC's "regular breaching of people's privacy." Meanwhile, Shroff's office has issued advice to affected ACC claimants, assuring them that the information has since been destroyed and suggesting that claimants unwilling to wait for ACC to confirm whether they've been affected call a toll-free number for help or file a complaint with the ACC directly.
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