Katie Bradford reports:
A Privacy Commission survey found there were 12,000 requests to ten telecommunications, utility or financial companies for personal information last year.
It’s the first survey of its kind in New Zealand and is part of a push towards greater transparency by the Privacy Commissioner.
Of those 12,000 requests for information, in 1000 cases that data was handed over voluntarily.
Commissioner John Edwards says the number is surprising because under the Privacy Act police or other agencies have no right to demand information.
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