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OPC: Police Breach Violated Privacy Act

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

March 30, 2012

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has ruled that police breached two principles of the Privacy Act after a senior constable used the police National Intelligence Application to access his partner's ex-husband's file 17 times over four years and "used the information for a purpose it was not intended for," The New Zealand Herald reports. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Mike Flahive noted that "police failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of the personal information," the report states. To settle a Director of Human Rights Proceedings complaint, police agreed to pay the man $3,500 for emotional harm and $1,232 toward the complainant's legal bill and provide a written apology.
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