Saturday, August 02, 2008

New Zealand: Police Deliver Internet Auction Site User Details to Prisoners

Anna Leask writes in The New Zealand Herald:

The private details of up to 10,000 Trade Me users - described as a "shopping list for criminals" - have been released by police to prison inmates.

Police investigating the so-called terror raids last year obtained the information of the innocent traders as evidence. They then passed the disclosure material to defence lawyers and, in one case, to the prison cell of Jamie Lockett.

One of the "Urewera 16" arrested on firearms charges, Lockett received 16 boxes containing 24,000 pages of information relating to the police case against him, according to this week's Listener.

One of the boxes contained the personal details of up to 10,000 Trade Me customers, including their name, user name, personal email address, phone numbers, home address and trading history over the past five years.

More here.


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