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Comment: Latitude Financial's data breach prompts New Zealand privacy-penalty rethink

By Laurel Henning
  • 25 May 2023 07:53
  • 25 May 2023 07:53
The cyberattack on Latitude Financial is the largest in New Zealand’s history, affecting 20 percent of the population and prompting a joint investigation by Australian and New Zealand privacy regulators.

But the data breach has highlighted a gap in New Zealand’s recently updated privacy laws, just over two years since its introduction.

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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