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Work and Income Apologises After Breach

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

September 13, 2012

Work and Income has apologised for giving a client’s private details to another client and for its subsequent reaction to the incident, The Dominion Post reports. The breached information included contact details, a client number and weekly income. Work and Income advised the recipient of the information to destroy it herself, the report states. The incident follows a breach at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), in which details on more than 6,000 clients were sent to the wrong recipient. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said the ACC incident should serve as a reminder to agencies that it could “just as easily be them in the headlines.”
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