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Justice Minister To Review Privacy Act Amendment

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 25, 2013

Radio New Zealand reports that Justice Minister Judith Collins is considering a revision to the Privacy Act following the revelation that it barred a mother from discovering her child’s killer’s criminal record. Thirteen-year-old Jade Bayliss was killed in 2011 by Jeremy McLaughlin, her mother’s ex-boyfriend, and it was later discovered that in 1997 McLaughlin had been convicted of manslaughter in Australia. Following McLaughlin’s conviction last week, Collins said she was “getting advice on whether or not we need to amend the law” and stressed “safety must come first."
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