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ACC Breach Victims To Sue

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

October 4, 2012

Some victims of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s (ACC) recent breach plan to sue the company in hopes of a higher payout than the proposed $250 that came from ACC with a requirement to sign a confidentiality clause, reports Stuff.co.nz. While class-action claims are not possible in New Zealand, the victims’ lawyer says one positive outcome sets a precedent, forcing the ACC to settle with all other claimants or face them in court individually—racking up court costs. Meanwhile, Inland Revenue Department is apologising for releasing the personal details of about 30 customers and, in light of ACC’s incidents, a Labour spokesman is concerned it may be “just the beginning.”
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