Google has suspended an email alerting system in New Zealand following criticism by the government for publishing suppressed details of a murder case, the company said on Friday.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed disappointment about Google’s failure to abide by a court order suppressing the name of a man accused of killing 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane.
The Transport Agency has admitted 82 data breaches involving personal information prompting a call for an independent assessment of its cyber security.
Human error was the main reason given for mishandling of personal information ranging from traffic offences, to details of driver licences and individuals’ medical fitness to drive, debts and debt collection actions.
A missing NZ Transport Agency computer drive containing information about more than 1000 staff is a much bigger deal than the organisation has admitted.
The USB drive disappeared while being couriered from the agency’s Auckland office to a Wellington security firm producing new staff identity cards.
The data, which was not password protected or encrypted, was a major data privacy breach that warranted an independent review of security measures, and the agency should be offering identity theft insurance to affected employees.