New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner reported a 97% increase in privacy breaches in the Privacy Act’s first four months. The OPC said approximately one-third of breaches caused identity theft risk or financial harm. Email errors caused the most breaches at 25%, followed by unauthorized sharing of personal information at 21% and unauthorized access to information at 17%. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said breaches span industries, adding a summary will be published yearly to help organizations “know where the greatest privacy risks are.”
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