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Shroff Proposes Emergency Data Sharing Code

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 13, 2012

Building on lessons learned following last year's earthquake in Christchurch, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has released a proposal that would relax data-sharing restrictions upon the declaration of a state of emergency in order to "allow a fast and tailored response during national emergencies." The Civil Defense National Emergency (Information Sharing) Code is closely modeled on the temporary Christchurch earthquake code and is similar to legislation in other nations. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is seeking public submissions through 25 May.
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