Case Note 208123 [2010] NZ PrivCmr 12: Woman wants to know names of Police officers who accessed her records

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A woman wrote to the Police and requested the names of Police employees who had accessed her file over the past five years. The woman also requested the dates and times when her file had been accessed. The woman had concerns that particular officers may have accessed her information inappropriately.The Police told the woman the number of employees who had accessed her file but refused to provide the names of employees, or dates and times, under grounds in the Official Information Act.In discussions with the Office of the Ombudsmen we decided that the names of employees who may have accessed the woman’s file were personal information about her. A record of the employee’s name only existed because they had contact with, or a possible interest in, the woman. The woman’s request for this information was therefore a request for personal information under principle 6 of the Privacy Act.Principle 6This principle…