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Commissioner Issues Emergency Response Code

INFORMATION ACCESS—NEW ZEALAND

March 5, 2013

According to a media release, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has issued a code of practice that allows for information-sharing between response agencies in times of emergency. "Once a national emergency is declared, it will allow personal information to be collected, used and disclosed as part of managing the response and recovery process,” Shroff said. After a 2011 earthquake, Shroff issued a temporary code that proved useful and was the impetus for creating “a code that would be triggered without delay” in future emergency situations.
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