Thursday 23rd August, 2012
New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
Today’s dual reports from the Privacy Commisioner and the Office of the Auditor General into the privacy breaches at the ACC show deep concerns about the manner in which privacy is handled, and shows systemic weaknesses within ACC’s culture, systems and processes.
“This report will do little to reassure all those who were effected by the privacy breach and it is very clear that the ACC’s approach to privacy is still of deep concern and clear deficiencies remain.” says Kyle MacDonald of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. “Along with the Auditor General’s report released today, I believe this underlines the fact that there have been, and remain, ongoing problems with the organizations culture.”
“It seems to me that despite ongoing statements by the ACC to the contrary, the blame for this massive breach of privacy and the subsequent frustrations of Ms. Pullar in trying to have her concerns heard, land squarely at the feet of the ACC and senior management. The ACC’s efforts to attack and dis-credit Ms Pullar should now also be called into question.”
The independent report commissioned by the Privacy Commisioner describes an “almost cavalier” approach to the management of private claimant information, and that “the importance of personal information and respecting individual’s personal information is not consistent and is often de-emphasised over dealing with the management of the claim/claimant. “
Both reports emphaise the failures of Governance and the systemic and cultural issues that lead to the privacy breach and the way that subsequent events were handled.
Contact: Kyle MacDonald 021 708 689