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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 04 July 2020

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State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says criminal charges could be on the table if there is malice behind a leak of Covid-19 patient details. Photo / Mark Mitchell

NZ COVID-19 Personal Data Privacy Breach

The New Zealand Government is dealing with a massive breach of privacy regarding the leak of the personal details of 18 active COVID-19 cases.

State services minister Chris Hipkins, who has also taken over the Health portfolio from disgraced minister David Clark, has said that criminal charges were 'on the table', if the leak was found to be malicious.

Regardless of whether the leak was 'malicious' or not, the government seems to be in damage control, dealing with internal competence issues, after being widely lauded for its response to COVID-19 around the world.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 04 July 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. CANADA - Security/Political: Canada Suspends Extradition With Hong Kong Over China Security Law

FYSA: Canada on Friday suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong to protest the tough new national security law China has enacted in the financial hub.

Canada is also halting exports of sensitive military gear to Hong Kong and updating its travel advisory for the city so Canadians will know how the law might affect them, the foreign ministry said. (NDTV. See link in heading)

2. UNITED KINGDOM - Security (Health): Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England's lockdown eases

FYSA: England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everybody had to behave responsibly and maintain social distancing to support businesses and not risk a second wave of the coronavirus. Some hairdressers were reported to have opened at the stroke of midnight while pubs will be allowed to start serving from 0500 GMT on so-called “Super Saturday”, sparking worries of pent-up over-indulgence. Johnson said his message was to “enjoy summer safely” and not undo the progress made in knocking back the pandemic. (Reuters. See link in heading)

3. GLOBAL - COVID-19: Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 11 million

FYSA: Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months. The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization. (Reuters. See link in heading)

4. HONG KONG - Security/Political: Hong Kong man accused of terrorism in first use of new China security law

FYSA: A man carrying a “Liberate Hong Kong” sign as he drove a motorcycle into police at a protest against the territory’s Chinese rulers became on Friday the first person charged with inciting separatism and terrorism under a new security law. Beijing imposed the legislation on the former British colony earlier this week despite protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, setting China’s freest city and a major financial hub on a more authoritarian track. (Reuters. See link in heading)

5. NEW ZEALAND - Political/Security (Cyber): Covid 19 privacy breach: Criminal charges 'on the table' if malicious motive behind leak of personal details

FYSA: Criminal charges are "on the table" if a malicious motive is found to be behind the leak of private Covid-19 patient details, the Government says. State Service Minister Chris Hipkins has also apologised to the people involved in the massive breach of privacy. The leak was today revealed by the Herald which has seen the spreadsheet of the personal details of 18 active Covid-19 cases. It includes their names, dates of birth and where they tested positive for the virus, including the personal details of the man in his 30s receiving care in Auckland City Hospital. (NZH. See link in heading)

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