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Survey To Be Released Despite Complaints

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

June 20, 2011

Despite criticism from Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, the New Zealand Post will ship out a public survey this week. The Lifestyle survey collects personal information, including income details, and shares it with marketing companies, TVNZ reports. Shroff had criticized the 2009 survey, calling it a "systematic, large-scale breach" of privacy and said that when personal details are collected "solely to on-sell to third parties, it is easy for there to be a blurring of legal and ethical duties." A New Zealand Post spokesman said the company is acting lawfully, and the survey is voluntary. Shroff will release a report on the survey this week.
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