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Minister Discounts Criticism, File Closed

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

August 16, 2012

Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings Robert Hesketh has closed the file on Social Development Minister Paula Bennett’s 2010 disclosure of a welfare recipient’s personal details, reports The New Zealand Herald. Bennett has maintained that she did not breach privacy and recently said that if faced with the same circumstances, “I'd make another look at it and make a decision based on what the recommendations are and the rules are around privacy." This statement concerns Green Party leader Metiria Turei, who said it “puts all New Zealand beneficiaries at risk..."
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