A request for a cash settlement to resolve a privacy complaint against Cabinet minister Paula Bennett suggests the politician could have been at fault, a top privacy lawyer says.

John Edwards, who has been a privacy lawyer for 20 years and helped set up the Privacy Commissioner's Office in 1993, says Ms Bennett may have breached privacy rights again in disclosing details of the request.

Ms Bennett revealed the contents of a letter she received from the commissioner's office. In the letter, solo mother Natasha Fuller asked for a $15,000 cash settlement and an apology for the hurt and humiliation she had suffered.

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