CYF Being Blackmailed After Breach
DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALANDJune 13, 2013
Stuff.co.nz reports that Child, Youth and Family (CYF) accidentally sent private information about a young woman to the wrong person and is now “being blackmailed by the woman who received” the details. CYF’s Bernadine Mackenzie has said the agency is taking legal action to protect the first woman’s privacy. “A mistake occurred and I'm sorry that our actions have seen a family's private information passed to a third party,” she said, adding, “Unfortunately, the woman who has this short document is refusing to return or destroy the information. She is demanding that we return one of her children to her care in exchange for the document.” In a separate incident, confidential medical notes left on a bus by a Pathways worker are still missing.