A Horowhenua woman has laid a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner after discovering the district council’s chief executive was intercepting her emails.
A draft audit report on the Horowhenua District Council revealed this month that incoming and outgoing emails from people on a “blacklist” had been intercepted by chief executive David Clapperton.
Once the emails were intercepted, Clapperton could then either block or redirect them, or let them continue to their intended destinations, the report showed.
Horowhenua resident Christine Toms said she laid a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner on Monday after being outraged to discover she was on the “blacklist”. .
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“To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. This is quite serious stuff.”
By initially failing to communicate that her emails were being intercepted, the council was not meeting her expectations as a ratepayer, Toms said.
Toms, who was previously mayor Michael Feyen’s interim secretary outside of the council, said she should have the right to directly communicate to council staff and Feyen.
She said she had also filed a complaint with the Ombudsman’s office in the hope the council’s practices would be investigated.
Toms thinks Clapperton should stand down during an inquiry into the matter.