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Commission Notes Smart Phone Threats

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

August 12, 2011

At the release of the Review of the Privacy Act 1993 last week, Law Commissioner John Burrows and Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff discussed future challenges to privacy as technology progresses, The New Zealand Herald reports. "Overall, we think the broad principles of the act are flexible enough to cope," the review states. The reforms--there are 136 recommendations--would make the act "future proof," the commissioners said. Of particular concern is the proliferation of smartphones capable of geotagging. The Law Commission sees education as key, adding, "we also note the critical importance of educating people--particularly young people--on how to respect and protect their online privacy."
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