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Survey: Organizations Need Guidance for Offshore Data Storage

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

May 2, 2011

Results from a survey conducted by New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff indicate that the public and private sectors need more guidance for the offshore storage of personal information, reports Voxy. "The International Disclosures and Overseas ICT Survey" queried 50 businesses and government agencies about where they stored personal information; reasons for its use and storage overseas, and how it was protected. The article suggests that many organizations have controls for data in transit but no controls for information once it's sent overseas. "If New Zealand businesses and government agencies are going to take advantage of the benefits the cloud can offer," said Shroff, "it is imperative that privacy issues are tackled and got right."
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