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Information Sharing Bill Passes First Reading


February 8, 2012

A bill that will lower the threshold for sharing of individuals' personal information has passed its first reading in Parliament, reports The New Zealand Herald. Greens oppose the bill, which would apply to both public and private agencies, saying it erodes privacy rights. The Privacy (Information Sharing) Bill 2011 would allow agencies to share personal information if there is a "serious" threat and an agency believes the threat will occur--a downgrade from the current law, which states that the threat must be "serious and imminent." A Green representative said there are not enough checks and balances. The bill now moves to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.
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