Privacy Advisor

Australian, New Zealand Privacy Chiefs Collaborate on Privacy

October 1, 2006

The Australian and New Zealand Privacy Commissioners have signed an agreement to allow for cooperation between their offices on privacy-related issues, including cross-border complaints and joint investigations. This agreement fosters cooperative agreements as set forth in the APEC Privacy Framework, OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, and the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum.

"The agreement will cement the already close ties between our Offices and tackling emerging privacy challenges and will enhance the management of cross-border cases," said Karen Curtis, Australian Privacy Commissioner.

Marie Shroff, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, added, "The agreement will provide our Offices with a broader framework and base of resources, affording Australians and New Zealanders an ongoing high level of privacy protection."