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Earthquake Commission Breach Affects 10,000

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

March 26, 2013

Earthquake Commission (EQC) Chief Executive Ian Simpson has offered to resign over a massive privacy breach in which an EQC staffer sent a spreadsheet containing details on nearly 10,000 claims to a third party, Stuff.co.nz reports. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says she expects some complaints as affected individuals are notified, and she is considering writing to public-sector CEOs in an effort to prevent future breaches. “We hope that agencies are starting to realize that they should have stronger controls in place to help to prevent these types of mistakes,” Shroff said. “But they clearly have a way to go yet."
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