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ACC Minister To Enforce Zero Tolerance Policy

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

August 16, 2012

ACC Minister Judith Collins says she wants staff who breach a new “zero tolerance” policy on privacy breaches to be fired. Collins expressed frustration with the ACC’s neglect of privacy among its “top priorities.” The ACC has revealed that 11 staff members were reprimanded for “serious misconduct” since 2010, Stuff.co.nz reports. The news follows a March ACC breach involving 6,500 clients. An investigation by the privacy commissioner and the auditor general will be released within weeks, and Collins says new board members and a new chairperson will be put in place soon, adding, the new hires will be expected to bring about “the cultural change that I expect from ACC.”
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