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Changes Could Mean Criminal Database

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

May 9, 2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins’ plans to change trans-Tasman information-sharing could mean a public register of serious criminals deported from Australia, reports Stuff.co.nz. The change would allow Australian authorities to hand over border-control information to New Zealand police—including criminal convictions. Collins’ plan would also have officials deciding whether the public should have access to criminal records by request or with an open register for serious offenders. The report outlines concerns including possible discrimination and the register’s impact on an individual's right to a fair trial if information about previous offences could be accessed.
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