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PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

September 8, 2010

Changes to New Zealand's privacy act will allow the privacy commissioner to ensure that personal information sent overseas to New Zealand for processing has effective protections, Voxy reports. The Privacy (Cross-border Information) Amendment Act, enacted yesterday, aims to bring the country closer to the European Union's "adequate" status when it comes to cross-border data transfers. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff released guidelines today outlining her business approach to the new enforcement powers, the report states. "Ensuring that European business and regulators see New Zealand as a safe place for information processing is important for New Zealand's reputation. I intend to exercise the new powers in a careful and proportionate way," she said.
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