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Transport Users Must “Opt Out” or Details Will Be Shared

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

November 14, 2013

Auckland Transport is standing by its policy to share its Hop cardholders' personal information with third parties “unless specifically asked not to,” The New Zealand Herald reports. Auckland Transport’s privacy policy requires “bus, rail or ferry users not wanting it to share their personal details with other organisations to ask it in writing not to do so”—in spite of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's recommendation that information not be shared “without specific permission from card users,” the report states. Auckland Transport is claiming it has the right to provide personal information to "carefully selected third parties … so they can offer products and services which we reasonably believe may be of interest to you."
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