The Sunday Star Times reports that police have been passing private information about staff members onto Air New Zealand via the official information act.
According to the story a flight attendant was picked up over the legal limit on the way to work, went home and then called in to say she wouldn’t be at work that day but this is where it gets interesting:
Just under two weeks after the flight attendant was caught, and before she had appeared in court or been convicted, police contacted Air NZ, providing her breath-test reading (but not her name) and offering to discuss the matter and reveal further details if required. Without the flight attendant’s knowledge, Air NZ then requested information about her under the Official Information Act (OIA) and police named her.
What the f*ck? Anyone who’s ever put in an OIA to the police will know how hard it is to get any information let alone names of people who are yet to go before the court. Especially well within the maximum legislated OIA response time.
But it seems there’s a different set of rules for big corporations.
In light of the new powers being granted government policing agencies this kind of special relationship between the state’s enforcement arm and capital is highly concerning.