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Shroff on Enforcement and Public-Sector Breaches

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

April 13, 2012

Wellington lawyer Mai Chen interviews Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff for Stuff.co.nz about breaches, the proposed privacy legislation and the "citizen-state relationship." Shroff talks about her abilities to enforce the current laws and her desire for more enforcement powers. When asked about how seriously organisations are taking their data-handling practices, Shroff says, "Big corporates are taking it very seriously...generally speaking I think it's the public sector that needs to come into the digital environment. They need to pick up their act." Pointing to the recent Accident Compensation Corporation breach, she says this kind of breach "will focus people's minds and make them realise the risk to a public-sector agency is almost as large as to a private-sector agency."
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