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Commissioner Discusses Global Privacy Standards

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 15, 2010

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff recently discussed her views on the Madrid Resolution on global standards and the concept of "one world, one standard for privacy in international commerce" with Marty Abrams during a recent interview for the Hunton & Williams Centre for Information Policy Leadership. Shroff spoke in support of an international treaty on information handling, but noted that, "even if we started today, we'd probably be looking at at least 15 years." To date, she said, privacy commissioners and businesses have been taking the lead when it comes to privacy issues, while governments have been slower to act. "We certainly do want to have global standards," she said, adding that when planning for the future, "We should build on what works."
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