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Commissioner Calls for Breach Notification Law

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

May 9, 2011

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is calling for mandatory notification for breaches that create risk to those affected and criminal sanctions for those who fail to comply, stuff.co.nz reports. "You need to have a sanction there if the scheme is going to be effective," Shroff said. The Law Commission is now reviewing the Privacy Act and will soon make a decision. Shroff says that if the commission opts not to recommend mandatory notification laws, she will consider introducing a statutory code. The chief executive of Business New Zealand said jumping to criminal sanctions is "disturbing" and unjustified.
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