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Shroff to Law Commission: Federal CPO Needed

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

June 25, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has called for the creation of a federal chief privacy officer position. In a hundred-page submission to the Law Commission, Shroff said a federal CPO would provide "leadership, expertise and help create a culture of respect for privacy across government." The submission was in response to the Law Commission's proposed changes to the Privacy Act. In it, Shroff largely backed the commission's proposed changes, saying that while the act is fundamentally sound, there are areas where it is ineffective. Shroff also called for the creation of "anonymity," "openness" and "accountability" principles in accordance with international data protection statutes.  
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