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Shroff: Gov’t Agencies Must Improve

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

November 28, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says government agencies must improve their privacy practices if they want to regain public trust, Stuff.co.nz reports. That warning is based on the commissioner’s annual report, which indicates public concern about companies’ use of personal information. The commissioner’s office received a record-high 1,142 complaints in the measured year, which ended June 30. Shroff said breaches at the Accident Compensation Corporation and Social Development Ministry indicate a need for government agencies—the subject of the majority of consumer complaints—to take privacy more seriously. “The tech revolution has crept up on them,” Shroff said.
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