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Drink Driver List Suppressed Over Privacy Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

May 2, 2013

The New Zealand Herald reports that a mother whose daughter was killed by a repeat drink-driver is outraged the perpetrator’s information was not published as part of the police’s “name-and-shame” lists due to privacy concerns. In the past, police have given names, offenses and other details of drink-driving violations to newspapers as part of a deterrence effort. However, in recent years privacy concerns have stopped the police from handing over the information. Police must have a legitimate reason to release such information and are in the process of reviewing whether there is one, the report states.
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