New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomed a settlement between Nicky Hager and Westpac over a 2014 data breach involving his financial data. Westpac acknowledged wrongdoing when it supplied the police with requested information despite their failure to secure a production order or search warrant from a court. Edwards took the opportunity to add, “Banks should tell their customers how many requests they receive from Police and other law enforcement agencies for personal information, and how many of these are complied with. This is done in several countries overseas and it provides a level of transparency about how often customer information is disclosed to law enforcement.”
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