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Government agencies made nearly 12,000 requests for personal information from 10 New Zealand companies last year, according to an Office of the Privacy Commissioner report.

The 10 companies that contributed to the Office’s trial transparency reporting programme came from the financial services, communications and utilities sectors.

Over the trial period from August to October 2015, the participant companies received 11,799 requests for their customers’ information. Of these requests, the companies complied with 11,349 requests and declined 449 requests.

A copy of the Transparency Reporting Trial report can be viewed here.

The media release can be found here.