COMMENT by Juha Saarinen

National has owned up to obtaining some Budget 2019 information, which it released early, and it wasn't done unlawfully police say.

Although Treasury doesn't use the term "site misconfiguration", this is what appears to have happened.

The sensitive data on a staging was indexed by the search engine on the Treasury site, which should not have happened.


National staffers, keen to get the inside running on what the Government intends to spend money on, modified queries containing text from last year's budget documents by substituting 2018 with 2019 and struck paydirt.

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