Communications Minister Clare Curran was alerted to the Z Energy data breach while she was in Opposition last year.
And at least one Government agency has been aware of the breach since late last year – although no one told customers or the Privacy Commissioner until this week.
Clare Curran, who’s now the Minister responsible for cyber security, said she was approached in August last year by “people” concerned about the Z Energy breach.
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Curran said because it was soon before the election and Parliament wasn’t sitting, she didn’t do anything more with the matter, and that, with hindsight, she “probably should have followed it up”.