Privacy Commissioner upholds Hager complaint against Westpac

Felix Geiringer (Nicky Hager’s lawyer):

Westpac “believes that every customer has authorised the disclosure of all of their information… to Police for whatever reason Police give it seems untenable that Westpac would genuinely hold this belief… it would come as a surprise to a great many of Westpac’s customers…”

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And:

The Privacy Commissioner’s decision:  Privacy Act Complaint: Nicky Hager and Westpac New Zealand (Our Ref: C/28047) 

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11 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  20th February 2017

    Hager wins every time …the Nats and their dark influences really try it on.God knows how many times that U.S secret service plane has landed at Wellington in the last 8 years.The dark art of the deep state.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th February 2017

      What ‘dark influences’ & ‘deep state’ are you talking about, exactly? 😳

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  2. Oh the irony that the man who thrives on the stolen & illegally mined correspondence of others is elevated by blazer to any midden on the moral high ground.

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    • PDB

       /  20th February 2017

      Different when Hager does it……….especially when he protects the identity of certain MSM people involved in the ‘dirty politics’ scandal because he needs their help in publicizing his books & profile.

      “Investigative writer Nicky Hager said he kept some journalists out of the dirt in his latest book Dirty Politics in hope of a cleaner future”. “”The people I’m talking about are in the press gallery, senior journalists. Basically I didn’t want to humiliate them, I wanted to give them room to think again and do it differently.”

      Well, unless he doesn’t like you of course: “All apart from Rachel Glucina, who Hager described as “despicable”.”

      Nothing like selective ‘investigative’ journalism…..some might even call it ‘dirty journalism’.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10474046/Hager-avoids-shaming-journalists

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      • Blazer

         /  20th February 2017

        Glucina is hardly ‘ press gallery, senior journalists’…..she is paparazzi type wannabe ,clearly aligned to the Natz.

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        • PDB

           /  20th February 2017

          Still using the ‘Natz’ word I see…….didn’t you run away and cry off the blog for a while because you were told not to say that (amongst other slurs)? I guess when you lack a cohesive, intelligent argument like yourself you have no option but to return to type.

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    • Blazer

       /  20th February 2017

      can’t see any law suits ,so everything must be true.Not forgetting John Spy introducing legislation to spy on all NZ’ers and their private business with spurious justification.

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      • PDB

         /  20th February 2017

        You are incorrect Blazer in saying the GCSB bill allows spying with ‘spurious justification’ – As John Key said: “Under the new law they would be able to (spy on a New Zealander), under very narrow conditions, but they’d need what’s called a triple-lock warrant, so they need a warrant not only from the Commissioner and from the Minister but with review from the Inspector-General.”

        I’d be more worried about your hero Hager accessing a private citizen’s personal data and turning it into a book for profit as he has done before.

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  3. Brown

     /  20th February 2017

    While I have no time for Hager I do value my privacy and expect some legal process around snooping. Sometimes you have to suck it up and accept people you dislike getting something that reflects a greater good. This is a good decision.

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    • NOEL

       /  20th February 2017

      “The banks agreed to release information without the need for a warrant.”
      Since when would a fraud investigation be on such a restricted time frame that a warrant could not be obtained.

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  4. Gezza

     /  20th February 2017

    Agree. Good decision. I didn’t know my bank would just turn over my details if the police just said ‘fraud case, we want it’.

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