ACC's $250 offer 'insulting' - lawyer
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 8:36a.m.
About 200 sexual abuse victims caught up in the ACC privacy breach have been offered an "insulting" $250 in compensation and are mulling fighting the corporation for more money.
Lawyer John Miller says he believes their case is strong and his firm will take action on a pro bono basis on behalf of about 100 of his sensitive-claim clients, Radio New Zealand reports.
He told the broadcaster he would go to the Human Rights Tribunal if negotiations failed with ACC and the Privacy Commissioner, following the "insulting" $250 offer in June.
ACC has paid out more than $185,000 in compensation for 32 privacy breaches in the last seven-and-a-half years - an average of nearly $6000 for each of them.
However, another lawyer, Hazel Armstrong, warns the sexual abuse victims may have to pay anything between $2000 and $7000 for a psychiatrist to prove they've suffered emotional harm because of the privacy breach.
ACC chief executive Ralph Stewart said the $250 was chosen because of the numbers involved and an acknowledgement of ACC's error.
If claimants were not happy with that they were welcome to discuss it further with ACC, he says.
In August last year, ACC mistakenly sent the details of about 6500 claimants to former National Party insider Bronwyn Pullar.
It was one of New Zealand's biggest privacy breaches.
The Privacy Commissioner's investigation found systemic weaknesses in the corporation's culture, systems and processes, which left it open to potential breaches of privacy.
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8/10/2012 9:30:34 p.m.
acc are a law into themselves
1/10/2012 8:02:12 p.m.
How else do you read that offer?
1/10/2012 11:56:41 a.m.
Does this have any connection to why Campbell and McCliksie resigned from the board soon after the managers?
Having questioned many agencies as to why these two members resigned so suddenly, the question has either been ignored or stonewalled. It seems even the media are afraid to delve into this matter, adding suspicion of a further lack of transparency, or aiding and abetting the ACC in a cover up. A prompt explanation would be preferable to reading an account in an autobiography many years from now.
1/10/2012 10:11:48 a.m.
"If claimants were not happy with that they were welcome to discuss it further with ACC," When has ACC ever listened to claimants? They only listen to their own highly paid henchmen. The only thing ACC delivers is misery and despair, destroying people's lives and driving vulnerable people over the edge. It is unrelenting nastiness and bullying of the worst kind.
1/10/2012 9:06:31 a.m.
When are the ACC managers who made false & misleading statements and laid a false complaint with the Police, alleging Bronwyn Pullar and Michelle Boag attempted extortion of the ACC, going to be charged?
Pullar and Boag did the right thing alerting the media to the ongoing stuff-ups at the ACC. Without them, the public would never have known about the *systemic weaknesses in the corporation's culture, systems and processes, which left it open to potential breaches of privacy*, and the lack of concern for people's privacy within ACC would no doubt be continuing to this day.
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