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EQC Ordered To Shut Down IT Systems After Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S. & NEW ZEALAND

March 28, 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. And after finding that a second e-mail was sent containing the personal details of claimants, this time including names and bank account details, Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee ordered the commission to shut down a number of its computer systems. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says 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,” Shroff said. “But they clearly have a way to go yet."
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