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Case Note 0115 [1994] - Department of Social Welfare refused to provide the identity of a person who had made serious allegations about the treatment of the complainant's children

The complainant asked me to investigate a decision of the Department of Social Welfare to refuse to provide the complainant with the identity of a person who had made serious allegations about the complainant's treatment of her children.

The Department informed me that it did not in fact hold the identity of the person who made the allegations against the complainant. However, it did hold a small amount of information about this person that may have been identifying information in the h...

Case Note 0107 [1994] - Department of Social Welfare refused complainant's access to his file in its entirety

The complainant asked me to investigate the refusal of the Department of Social Welfare to allow him access to his file in its entirety. The Department had provided the complainant with access to his file but did not allow him to see the original version of some of the pages. Instead the complainant was provided with a typed copy of one page and a photocopy of another page which omitted identifying information about the person who had provided the information in these documents.

In dele...

Case Note 0083 [1994] - Police refuse complainant access to photographs used in evidence at his trial

The complainant asked me to investigate the decision of the Commissioner of Police to refuse the complainant access to photographs used in evidence at his trial.

When I examined the photographs in question, I found that only two of them were of the complainant. The other photographs did not constitute personal information about the requester and I therefore did not have jurisdiction to consider the complaint under the Privacy Act. The photographs did however constitute official informat...

Case Note 0062 [1994] - Debt collection agency contacted complainant at work by telephone and then by facsimile

A complaint was made that a debt collection agency contacted the complainant at work by telephone and then by facsimile thereby disclosing personal information. The facsimile stated :

"Unpaid Accounts. Please contact us urgently."

The facsimile was in fact sent to the head office of the complainant's employer, rather than the branch location at which she worked.

Following discussions with this Office, the agency agreed to revise its practices in the use of facsimile messages...

Case Note 0051 [1994] - Solicitors disclosed income and expenditure information to complainant's wife

The complainant asked me to investigate the actions of a firm of solicitors in disclosing information to his wife consisting of statements of the complainant's income and expenditure.

This information had previously been disclosed in the course of a Court hearing. The complainant also alleged that his former spouse had in turn disclosed this information to the Inland Revenue Department.

The disclosure by the solicitors took place prior to 1 July 1993 when the Privacy Act came into...

Case Note 8649 [1997] NZPrivCmr 3 - Client objects to ACC disclosures in response to her media statements

A client of the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation (ACC) approached a newspaper reporter alleging that ACC had mishandled her case. She provided the reporter with a report of a review conducted by ACC, together with a substantial amount of material she had obtained from ACC's files.

ACC was then asked by the reporter to answer a list of questions about the client's allegations. Some of the questions related to her entitlement to various allowances. It sought...

Case Note 100962 [2008] NZPrivCmr 5: Courier company delivers loan application pack to bank customer's neighbour

A woman asked her bank to restructure her bank loan. The bank prepared the loan documents and arranged to deliver them to her home by courier.

The bank gave the courier company incorrect delivery details. However, the woman's name and address were correctly printed and clearly visible in the window of the envelope. The courier company had written instructions to place the package in the customer’s mailbox if she was not at home.

A compliments slip was attached to the envelope....