I wasn’t going to post on the never ending stream of privacy breaches and kiosk vulnerabilities that have come to light recently. The latest is WINZ using printed personal details as scrap paper – and handing them over to a member of the public. But Bennett’s comment on this latest incident cannot be ignored:
Privacy blunders mount at Winz
… A list of the full names of the beneficiaries, along with the type of benefit they were applying for, was handed to a Masterton woman last week. The sensitive document appears to have been used as scrap paper by office staff, and featured a hand-written note between staff members.
…Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the breach was a human error by a junior staffer, not evidence of systemic failure.
Which, fair enough, it would be, in isolation. But this event did not occur in isolation.
Labour’s social development minister Jacinda Ardern said the minister had to acknowledge there had now been a raft of breaches. “I’ve counted at least 10 that have been publicly reported on this year and that is quickly moving from human error to a systemic failure.”
Bennett says she is not concerned about the robustness of Ministry of Social Development security despite serious questions being raised.
What a stupid statement. Paula – it is time to be concerned. It is well past time to be concerned! It is your job to be concerned. If you aren’t concerned about obvious systemic failure in your Ministry, then what exactly are you good for? Do you think taxpayers are happy to pay your salary just so you can sit in your office, twiddle your thumbs, and tell us that you’re not bovvered?