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New Zealand’s privacy commissioner to get more powers

2 July 2014

According to a press release in June 2014 from the office of the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, he is to get greater powers to enforce the twenty year old Privacy Act as part of an update to that legislation.

The Privacy Commissioner, Mr Edward, said in his press release that he welcomed the reforms to the Privacy Act and was pleased to be given stronger investigative powers as well as the power to order government agencies to fix compliance failings.

In welcoming the changes to the Privacy Act Mr Edward said "these reforms will power up our privacy law to bring it more in line with world class standards of protection that New Zealanders are entitled to expect."

Other changes in the law are to include 'representative' complaints which are akin to class actions as well as data breach notifications to become mandatory where the breach and its consequences are serious.

In addition to the changes to the Privacy Act the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner recently published a detailed Data Safety Toolkit which provides guidance on how to manage data breaches and how to deal with data breach notifications. The Toolkit contains useful case studies which are valuable to businesses wherever they may be operating.

This article was written by Robert Bond.

For more information contact Robert on +44 (0)20 7427 6660 or robert.bond@crsblaw.com