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IRD, ACC and Prison Records Exposed

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

November 1, 2012

Otago Daily Times reports that the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has experienced 32 breaches involving the personal information of 6,300 people over the past year and notified 638 of those affected. While Revenue Minister Peter Dunne opined "32 breaches out of 25 million is a pretty small number, but one breach is too many," Deloitte Dunedin tax partner Peter Truman said, the IRD needs to “do what they can to make sure there are no breaches” because “taxpayers may become less willing to deal openly with the IRD as they otherwise might do.” Meanwhile, Accident Compensation Corporation sent criminal records of a client to the wrong person, and a prisoner in a South Otago prison posted personal details of 52 fellow inmates on Facebook.
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