18 Dec 2009

Surge in privacy complaints

5:57 am on 18 December 2009

There has been a surge in complaints to the Privacy Commission which says the public sector needs to do more to protect privacy.

Figures obtained by Radio New Zealand show the current number of complaints, 914 , is 23% higher than last year. Telephone inquiries are up by 10% to almost 7000.

Commissioner Marie Shroff says an increasing public awareness of technology may explain that.

She says Government departments have not focussed on the risks that come with modern technology.

The commission will survey agencies next year to assess their improvements.

Meanwhile, the number of Official Information Act complaints received by the Ombudsman's office has increased from 844 last year to 877 this year.