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Commissioner: Employer Breached E-Mail Privacy

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

June 7, 2012

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has ruled that an employer breached the Privacy Act by using keystroke information to find out an employee’s personal e-mail password in order to conduct an investigation, Stuff.co.nz reports. The employer’s staff policies were not clear enough, and the commissioner ruled the collection of personal e-mail details was disproportionate to the employer’s needs. Both sides have reached an undisclosed settlement.
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