The Earthquake Commission has shut down its email and data exchange systems after another huge privacy breach preamp.
Labour MPs revealed in parliament on Thursday EQC sent the bank account details of 2000 people to one of its claimants in a spreadsheet attached to an email.
Trevor Mallard and Lianne Dalziel embarrassed Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee by questioning him, and he admitted he hadn't been told about the breach.
Last Friday the details of 83,000 Canterbury earthquake claims, including addresses and repair values, were mistakenly emailed by an EQC manager to Christchurch man Bryan Staples.
The spreadsheet included details of EQC cheques totalling $23 million.
Mr Brownlee checked out the latest disclosed breach and said he had taken three immediate steps:
* EQC has shut down all external email systems - there will be no emails going into the organisation and none will be sent out
* EQC has also shut down all business-to-business systems and data exchanges, as well as external access into its systems
* The government's chief information officer Colin MacDonald has been ordered to investigate and oversee solutions custom clothing labels.
Mr Brownlee confirmed the claimant received the email and spreadsheet a month ago and "took the appropriate actions" by advising EQC.
"It would appear that email was either not seen by EQC or not acted upon," Mr Brownlee said.
"This is a completely unacceptable situation, but may be as a result of IT system problems."
Ms Dalziel says it's an "absolute scandal" and proof of systemic problem with the security of electronic data held by EQC and other agencies.
"The scale of the breaches at EQC is staggering - thousands of Cantabrians have had their private information leaked."
EQC chief executive Ian Simpson offered his resignation after the first privacy breach but Mr Brownlee wouldn't accept it Ergonomic furniture.
In recent months there have been privacy breaches by the Ministry of Social Development, ACC, IRD, Work and Income and the Department of Corrections.