‘Coding error’ compromises passports, driver licences in New Zealand Ministry of Culture and Heritage data breach

New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage revealed on Sunday more than 300 people had had their personal documents compromised following a “coding error” on a ministry-commissioned website.

The 370-plus documents belonged to people who had applied to be part of the Tuia 250 sailings around the New Zealand coast – part of commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans.

Leaked documents included 228 passports, 55 driver licences and 36 birth certificates, as well as other information such as secondary school IDs and residential visas.

Source: ‘Coding error’ compromises passports, driver licences in Ministry of Culture and Heritage data breach
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