The Transport Agency has admitted 82 data breaches involving personal information prompting a call for an independent assessment of its cyber security.
Human error was the main reason given for mishandling of personal information ranging from traffic offences, to details of driver licences and individuals’ medical fitness to drive, debts and debt collection actions.
The breaches, which occurred between October 2017 and mid-February this year were revealed in answers to a series of written questions put to Transport Minister Phil Twyford by National’s data and cyber security spokesman Dr Shane Reti.
He claims the agency’s appalling saga of poor cyber security warrants a full independent security assessment. “New Zealanders trust us with their data and we’re not being good guardians.”