Case Note 211183 [2010] NZ PrivCmr 10: Ministry of Social Development discloses information to the Official Assignee

The man who raised concerns in this case had been admitted to the No Asset Procedure (‘the NAP’) by the Official Assignee. As part of this process the man’s creditors were notified that he had been admitted to the NAP, and were given a chance to object.In this case the Ministry of Social Development (‘the Ministry’) was one of the man’s creditors. After the Ministry was notified that the man had been admitted to the NAP, it provided personal information to the Official Assignee objecting to the man’s entry to the NAP.The man complained to our Office about the personal information that the Ministry had disclosed to the Official Assignee. This raised issues under principle 11 of the Privacy Act (‘the Act’).Principle 11Principle 11 sets out that an agency which holds personal information shall not disclose that information unless the agency believes, on reasonable grounds, that one of the exceptions…

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