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Opinion: Privacy A Precious Commodity

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

August 12, 2011

An Otago Daily Times editorial discusses the Law Commission's recently completed review of the Privacy Act. The report notes the importance of balancing privacy with the public interest. Among the commission's recommendations are a new framework within the act for intergovernmental data sharing and exceptions for both health and safety and reporting crimes to law enforcement agencies. The report also discusses data breach notifications, simplifying the complaints process, potentially establishing a do-not-call register and protection for individuals against online publication. "Privacy in an increasingly public world is a precious commodity," the commission's report states.
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