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Novopay accused of privacy breach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/11/2016

Troubled school payroll provider Novopay has been hit with fresh complaints of privacy breaches.

Principals have been sent the names and salaries of other schools' staff due at an apparent fault in the system, according to NZEI Te Riu Roa, New Zealand's largest education union.

According to the union, Hamilton West School principal Mark Penman was told by Novopay staff the issue was "widespread" when he complained of receiving the payroll information of a Northland school.

The union said it had also been contacted by another school about the same issue and is calling for Novopay for disclose how large the issue was.

Novopay's official website has issued a warning only saying it has identified "an issue" with some reports.

The system was rolled out in 2012, but was plagued by errors, with teachers being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

The government eventually took over the running of Novopay from the Australian company Talent2 in October, 2014 at an extra cost of $45 million to fix the issues.

Comment has been requested from the Ministry of Education and the Privacy Commissioner.

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