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Privacy Provisions Suspended To Assist Quake Response

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

March 11, 2011

Privacy protections have been temporarily placed on hold to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. Most recently, Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has made an "Order in Council," based upon legislation put in place after an earthquake last year, that allows the Inland Revenue Department to share information with other government agencies until October, The New Zealand Herald reports. A spokesman for Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has noted, however, that other than the specific purposes of the order in the recovery effort, "all the usual confidentiality around tax matters will stay in place."
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