The mother of a teenager affected by a major Government digital privacy breach says she’s alarmed at the ease with which her son’s information was shared online.
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage revealed on Sunday more than 300 people had had their personal documents compromised following a “coding error” on a ministry-commissioned website.
The 370-plus documents belonged to people who had applied to be part of the Tuia 250 sailings around the New Zealand coast – part of commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans.
Leaked documents included 228 passports, 55 driver licences and 36 birth certificates, as well as other information such as secondary school IDs and residential visas.
When you think about it, the privacy breach at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for the 250th year of James Cook sailing around NZ is actually all part of the colonial experience.
You get robbed of your identity at huge cost to you and the Crown just has to say sorry and you get a pittance in reparations!
Now you know how Māori feel!
Thank you, thank you, (I also do children parties and bar mitzvahs).
While we are at it, isn’t it odd that James Cook is not actually mentioned once on the Tuia 250 event website?
It’s 250 years since Cook arrived in NZ on October 6th 1769, yet his name isn’t even mentioned because he’s been deplatformed as part of the woke cancel culture which just seems bizarre doesn’t it?
We are celebrating a 250 year event, but not actually mentioning the man who created that event. I’ve always thought that the private business interests that secretly funded Cook to embark upon his sea going side hustle was interesting as it showed the very first white exploration of NZ was always for profit and that we could reflect upon that first contact contamination, but because we live in trigger free safe spaces we can’t mention his name and so that whole criticism of neoliberal free market capitalism can’t occur.
If we deplatform and cancel the woke-washed past we learn fucking nothing from it.