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Commissioner Pushes for Privacy Act Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

July 1, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has said that she hopes the Law Commission's study of privacy will spur reforms to the Privacy Act, Computerworld reports. The issue was raised during a discussion of a recent survey that "rented" results to third parties for marketing purposes. Though the survey breached privacy principles, the article states, it did not violate the Privacy Act because no harm was demonstrated. "I hope the Law Commission will look at this issue," Shroff said, noting "generic harms are difficult to deal with, because often they don't raise sufficient harm to one person to enable it to be addressed" as a Privacy Act breach.

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