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NZ Privacy Act Receives EU Adequacy

PRIVACY LAW—EU & NEW ZEALAND

December 20, 2012

The European Commission has announced that New Zealand’s Privacy Act meets adequacy standards set forth in EU data protection law. New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff welcomed the news, saying, “The European decision is a vote of confidence in our privacy law and regulatory arrangements. This decision establishes New Zealand, in the eyes of our trading partners, as a safe place to process personal data.” According to a New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) press release, the agency has spent years working toward adequacy. OPC Assistant Commissioner Blair Stewart said, “Europe and New Zealand share a common commitment to upholding human rights.”
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