This may turn out to have been a very bad move for Westpac:
Police got Hager data without court order
Westpac handed over private details without judicial authorisation, though other firms declined, court documents show.
Law breach possible over Hager bank data: Expert
A legal expert says police have probably broken the law by obtaining the personal bank information of journalist Nicky Hager without a court order.
People are angry – here’s a selection from Twitter:
A few names out there lambasting @westpacnz over handover of Hager info to police. Wonder if the brand has been damaged?
— John Drinnan (@Zagzigger2) October 25, 2015
Police got Hager data without court order https://t.co/mOvsPSSFLe via nzherald Been with Westpac for 40 years – that may be about to end.
— Chris Eichbaum (@ChrisEichbaum) October 23, 2015
Wow. Westpac handed over Hager's private details without judicial authorisation, court docs show. https://t.co/GfWOvA7khz
— John G Johnston (@jjprojects) October 24, 2015
— Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) October 23, 2015
The covert cooperation of powerful institutions. Nicky Hager's treatment by Westpac and Police is a wake-up call for every sentient citizen.
— CHRIS TROTTER (@BowalleyRoad) October 23, 2015
Is Westpac in John Keys sleazy pocket? Time to change banks people before they hand your personal details to… https://t.co/dhKQilNnf7
— Average Kiwi (@Average_Kiwi) October 24, 2015