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EU "May Be Close" to Finding NZ Privacy Law Adequate

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND & EU

April 27, 2012

COMPUTERWORLD reports that the EU "may be close" to finding New Zealand's privacy legislation "adequate." The EU Article 29 Working Party last April recommended adequacy status for New Zealand, and in a letter this week to EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, Working Party Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm wrote, "Since more than a year has passed, I would like to urge the commission to make progress...and convene a meeting of the (relevant) committee as soon as possible." A spokesperson for New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said the office is unable to comment on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. An adequacy finding would ease data transfer restrictions between the two jurisdictions.
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