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Shroff: Data Sharing Plan Needs Balance

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

May 4, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, in a keynote address this week, said that strong safeguards are needed for a proposed bill allowing private-sector entities to gain access to certain data currently only available to the public sector. While benefits to citizens are inherent in the data sharing, Shroff said, the government's role as a "boundary keeper" needs more development, reports Stuff.co.nz. Highlighting the need for public awareness and debate, Shroff said questions surrounding the use of data from a NZ Post survey mean "at the very least that we must be sceptical, questioning, and must examine our actions, as well as those of government agencies and commercial operators."
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