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Emergency Code Issued After Earthquake

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

February 28, 2011

In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has issued an Information Sharing Code to allow emergency services to "share personal information as necessary to assist victims of the earthquake and their families." Voxy reports that the code will remain in effect for the next three months and will then be reviewed. "Although the Privacy Act already allows collection and disclosure of information in emergencies and for public safety, greater certainty will help everyone," Shroff said. The code is aimed at helping identify injured individuals, assisting with medical and financial needs, notifying families and making it possible for visitors to get home.
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