An Independent review of ACC’s privacy practices is a valuable lesson for everyone

The Privacy Foundation Committee wishes to draw members’ attention to the recently released review of access to and use of ACC client information and the changes that are needed.

 

Otago Daily Times, 20 June 2022:
www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/changes-needed-acc

Independent review of access to and use of client information at ACC, Linda Clark, May 2022 (pdf):
www.acc.co.nz/assets/corporate-documents/independent-review-access-to-and-use-of-client-information.pdf

Earlier media release from Privacy Foundation, October 2021:
www.privacyfoundation.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Media-Release-on-ACC-Privacy-Breach.pdf

 

The Privacy Foundation welcomes Linda Clark’s report. It comes a decade after the last report on a serious privacy breach. While ACC has made positive progress on some of the issues identified in 2012, it is disappointing and deeply concerning to read about the serious shortcomings that led to this breach. The Privacy Commissioner must keep a watching brief to ensure the report’s recommendations are implemented in a timely way and are enduring.

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