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Officials Announce Creation of Gov’t CPO

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

November 21, 2013

Officials have announced the creation of a government chief privacy officer (GCPO) position, Voxy reports. “It is important that New Zealanders have confidence in government agencies to do all they can to ensure personal information is kept safe," said State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman. The GCPO will provide additional support to the government chief information officer in assuring privacy is managed appropriately, the report states. “This move brings the government sector into line with many large private sector organisations. Global internet giants and banks position responsibility for privacy at a very senior level," said Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff. “Even before the recent spate of privacy breaches, it was clear to us as the independent regulator that the public sector needed better privacy leadership and accountability.”
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