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New Zealand’s new Privacy Act edges closer

The long-awaited legislative overhaul to New Zealand’s privacy framework contained in the Privacy Act 1993 is on track for commencement on 1 March 2020. The Privacy Bill, which contains a comprehensive suite of reforms, has recently passed its second legislative reading.

New Zealand’s new privacy framework will be based on the same OECD principles that underpin the likes of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Australia’s Privacy Act 1988. W+K cyber and data security specialists Mark Anderson, Sierra Ryland and Joseph Fitzgerald provide a snapshot of the changes including the introduction of mandatory notification of privacy breaches.

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