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Bennett Says WINZ Performance Was “Atrocious”

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

November 8, 2012

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has said she’s embarrassed by the “atrocious” performance of Work and Income staff who ignored warnings that customers using public computer kiosks were at risk for privacy breaches, The New Zealand Herald reports. Bennett said a recently released Deloitte report into the breaches—which states security was not adequately considered in the kiosks’ design—indicates a major failure by the ministry and illustrates the right processes were not in place. She added that senior staff were not informed of the breaches, which she called “incredulous.” In total, 1,432 individuals were affected.
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