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Fair and Reasonable Update: Another data breach

By Michael Dowling, COLFO
  •   12th Mar, 2020 Mar 12, 2020, 11:18 AM
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Newshub has just reported on another data breach affecting licenced firearms owners, this time from Jacinda Ardern’s own Ministry - Culture and Heritage.

 

What is particularly damaging though is that despite the data breach becoming public just three weeks before the Government announced the proposed firearms registry, it looks like the Prime Minister's staff tried to cover up the fact firearms licence information was involved.

 

Newshub has the details here: Firearms licences were among personal details breached in Tuia250 security failure

 

And you heard it for yourself - the National Party Spokesperson: “I don’t think [the Government] can be trusted with a gun register”.

 

Hear! Hear! Good on the National Party for coming on board to what we have been arguing all along.

 

Nicole has sprung into action and issued an immediate response on behalf of our campaign. I’ve copied at the bottom of this email the media release she sent out just a few minutes ago. Right now she's on the phone to Newshub Radio recording an interview to air in the morning.

 

“What is particularly damaging though is that despite the data breach becoming public just three weeks before the Government announced the proposed firearms registry, it looks like the Prime Minister's staff tried to cover up the fact firearms licence information was involved.”

 

As they say, it’s not the stuff-up, it’s the cover-up that gets you and it was bad form by the PM (or her staff) to try and hide this. Here’s hoping this is the straw that broke the camel's back in convincing MPs that the register is a dangerous idea.

 
GOVERNMENT CAN'T BE TRUSTED WITH FIREARMS LICENCE DATA

Revelations that firearms licences were included in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Tuia250 data breach has further eroded trust with licenced firearms owners.

 

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) spokesperson Nicole McKee says:

 

This latest revelation shows yet another government privacy breach putting licenced firearms owners and their families at risk.

 

What’s more intolerable is that it looks like the Ministry of Culture was more concerned with saving the government from embarrassment than disclosing the nature of the breach to the public.

 

McKee says that this is the type of data breach licenced firearms owners fear with the proposed firearms register.

 

In the space of a few months we have seen multiple breaches of licenced firearms owners’ privacy. First with the Police firearms notification system and now with Tuia250.

 

This culture of privacy breaches shows that the government’s proposed firearms register will be a danger to the licenced firearms community.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Michael Dowling

Chairman

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners

(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)

 

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