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Minister Watching Australia’s Privacy Laws

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

May 9, 2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins wants to introduce a privacy law change allowing police to “flag criminal backgrounds,” making past criminal behavior discoverable by family members and others, reports The New Zealand Herald, but is watching developments in Australia before introducing the changes. Australian privacy laws have changed to accommodate this, but will not be fully in effect until April 2014, the report states. Collins also wants better information-sharing between the two countries. “We are seeing some very, very violent and dangerous offenders deported back here, which means the information-sharing is going to have to move out of the ad hoc way it has been in the past,” she stated.
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