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PRIVACY BILL


PRIVACY BILL 2018

A new Privacy Bill was introduced into Parliament on 20 March 2018 and the Select Committee is expected to report back on the Bill by 22 November 2018.

The Bill will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993, with the key changes adding more teeth to New Zealand’s existing privacy law by conferring greater powers on the Privacy Commissioner, requiring mandatory reporting of privacy breaches, introducing new offences and increasing fines.

The Bill will be of particular relevance to private and public sector organisations which hold and use the personal information of individuals. The changes aim to encourage those organisations to identify risks and prevent privacy breaches which cause harm.

We will be following the Bill’s progress with some interest. Updates on its progress will be available at the link below:

www.parliament.nz/.../privacy-bill