Breaches at Bank, Ministry Put Consumer Data at Risk
DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND & U.S.October 15, 2012
New Zealand Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans said in a statement that her office is “very concerned” about a gap in security at the Ministry of Social Development’s Work and Income data kiosks that allowed unauthorized access to personal and confidential data. iTnews reports Blogger Keith Ng revealed the lapse after receiving a tip, the source of which claims to have alerted the ministry to it in the week prior, seeking financial reward. Cabinet Minister for Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett called the breach “completely and utterly unacceptable” and apologized. Meanwhile, TD Bank is notifying about 260,000 customers in the U.S. that their data may have been exposed when backup data tapes went missing in March.