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Professor: Leak Breached Privacy Act

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

April 13, 2012

An Otago University law professor has weighed in on a privacy breach involving a Maritime Union crane operator, The New Zealand Herald reports. The man's personal details were leaked onto the Internet by his employer, and a Ports of Auckland official apologised for it. But Prof. Paul Roth says the action "undoubtedly" breached the Privacy Act, and "the only issue that is open is whether (the victim) suffered 'significant' humiliation or injury to feelings as a result of the disclosure." Roth added that the employer's apology may be enough to resolve the matter, but if not, "he would be within his rights to bring proceedings before the Human Rights Review Tribunal and seek monetary compensation."
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