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Privacy Commissioner Investigates New Zealand’s Largest Data Breach

Privacy Commissioner Investigates New Zealand’s Largest Data Breach

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner's office has opened an investigation into Latitude Financial, the company behind New Zealand's largest data brea

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The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner’s office has opened an investigation into Latitude Financial, the company behind New Zealand’s largest data breach which occurred in March. Over one million New Zealanders were affected, with 1,037,000 driver licence numbers and details from 34,000 passports being exposed. Additionally, 90,000 customers had their personal banking numbers, income and expense information used for loan applications also exposed. The investigation will focus on how the hackers gained entry, Latitude Financial’s response to the attack, why the data was held for long periods of time, and the security and storage of information within Latitude’s IT systems. The joint investigation with Australia’s Privacy Commissioner is the first of its kind between the two countries, allowing both agencies to share resources.

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