The full Boag email released

NZ Herald

Adam Bennett has published the text of the full Michelle Boag email to Judith Collins. In the text of the email you can clearly see that Boag was party to a “deal” to return the data…that is returning the data in consideration for cash and that Boag and Pullar were not happy at how that transpired:

5. At that meeting in December Bronwyn advised the ACC managers that a serious breach of privacy had occurred. As she says in her email which follows, it was verbally agreed in that meeting that on agreement on the way forward, Bronwyn would return that document. We walked away from that meeting thinking we had an agreement which Mr Murch would put in writing. When it was received 8 days later, it did not reflect our discussions, including the fact that it only allowed her one year to re-establish her business rather than two years, which she did not regard as sufficient.

Boag also admits to Collins that Pullar was monitoring electronically emails and correspondence with ACC. It really does remove any doubt as to what was really going on here:

7. You should also be aware that Bronwyn has an email tracking device that allows her to know when her emails are opened. Following the meeting in December, the email where she was inadvertently sent the unauthorised data was not opened until 12 March 2012. If ACC had been serious about getting the data returned and investigating the breach, then surely the first thing they would have done on returning to the office would have been to go through all emails to her to see what material had been inadvertently sent. As I said, this was not in fact done until the story had appeared in the Dominion Post.

In point seven above, she is clearly linking the damaging release to the actions of Pullar. To date the DomPost and Phil Kitchin are the only news outlet to have followed Pullar’s version of events.

8. It is also important to note that the email sent to the Dominion Post journalist contained no names, no contact details or identifiers. Bronwyn blacked out all this information and only left undeleted summary statistics of review data, review dates and branch statistics. Therefore she has not breached the personal privacy of anyone on that spreadsheet.

If the email to Phil Kitchin contained none of the data that he has written about then how could he have even printed what he did and scare many thousands of ACC claimants about the extent of the data released by mistake to Bronwyn Pullar. I thought Phil Kitchin’s was supposed to be New Zealand’s best investigative journalist…from the looks of this it may be that he is in fact a churnalist, regurgitating spin from Bronwyn Pullar and Michelle Boag.

Boag repeats the extortion demand in her final paragraph:

10. This saga is one of extensive incompetent handling and privacy breaches, no doubt consuming thousands of hours of ACC management time. Since the meeting in December Bronwyn has been asked to undergo further assessments. It would be good to reach an agreement with Bronwyn on the way forward so that the issue can be put to bed, she can get on with trying to reduce her dependence on ACC in the future by rebuilding her consultancy business and the ACC can get on with more productive tasks.

This is astonishing stuff and seen in full is more damning than when David Fisher first wrote about Michelle Boag’s involvement two weeks ago.

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