Westpac has reached a settlement with journalist Nicky Hager, admitting it was wrong to give his bank account information to police.
Police requested the information in 2014 as part of an investigation into Mr Hager’s book Dirty Politics.
Westpac accepts it should not have provided the information without a court order.
The bank’s practice at the time was to comply with such requests, believing it was entitled to under the Privacy Act.
In early 2017, the Privacy Commissioner found Westpac had breached Mr Hager’s privacy by releasing his personal information to police without a warrant.