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20 June 2023

Following a NZ$250 million spreadsheet error, Wellington City Council is in further trouble after releasing personal data in their cost-benefit analysis spreadsheet:

An investigation has been launched after Wellington City Council committed a "serious harm data breach" by releasing personal details of people involved in road crashes including the names of drivers and medical details such as blood alcohol levels and drug use.

In many cases, the names of the drivers, car registration numbers, and driver's licence numbers were released.

The council, however, did not scrub private details before undertaking its speed management analysis. The spreadsheet was then publicly released under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA).

Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau said she was extremely disappointed and frustrated: "I can't express how frustrated I am at the data breach, coming as it does on top of the human error made in calculations regarding the 30kmh speed limit. It's just not good enough."

New Zealand Herald, 20 June 2023

Full article: Wellington City Council data breach: Investigation launched, Mayor Tory Whanau disappointed, frustrated