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 March 1, 2015  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S., Workplace

Wow. Marty Sharpe reports:

A woman who iced a cake with derogatory comments about her former employer has won her claim that her privacy was breached when the company took an image of the cake from her Facebook page and used it to harm her employment opportunities.

The Human Rights Review Tribunal ordered NZ Credit Union Baywide to pay Hawke’s Bay woman Karen Hammond $168,070 in damages, and apologise to Hammond “for the severe humiliation, severe loss of dignity and severe injury to feelings”.

The company must also apologise to Hammond, retract information it sent to staff and other agencies about her, and undertake training to ensure all staff understand the Privacy Act.

Read more on Stuff.

Update: The NZ Privacy Commissioner’s office has taken note of this ground-breaking award in their blog.

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