David Fisher reports:
Police got personal banking details of Kim Dotcom and his staff without getting a search warrant in a move that has implications for bank customers.
Banks, including the ANZ, BNZ and Westpac, turned the information over after deciding there was no Privacy Act reason not to.
The police request referred the banks to a Privacy Act principle which allowed them to release information to “avoid prejudice to the maintenance of the law by any public sector agency including the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and punishment of offences”.
The mechanism led to banks releasing – without a legal warrant – the name of the account holder, the account number and home address.
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