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ACC Controversy Continues

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

March 23, 2012

The woman at the center of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) breach involving the loss of nearly 9,000 records has been accused of threatening the company that she would expose a large, highly sensitive file if the company didn't agree to pay her benefits for two years, Stuff.co.nz reports. Whistleblower Bronwyn Pullar denies the ACC's claim, which it made in a report to Minister Judith Collins, adding that it has involved the police. A report suggests that "some mandatory guidelines are needed" so that "agencies would perhaps put more of a priority on ensuring private information remained just that--private."
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