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UN Privacy Treaty Possible

DATA PROTECTION

April 5, 2010

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says that huge increases in international data flows necessitate global privacy standards and enforcement, reports Stuff.co.nz. "We have to look at whether and how we can regulate to provide certainty for businesses and protections for individual citizens," Shroff says. A United Nations treaty might be a way to get there, according to the report. Such a treaty could address issues including search engine data collection, call centre outsourcing and payment card privacy. Shroff says she hopes it would apply to government uses of information as well, since "One of the drivers of international data flows is counterterrorism."
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