Data breach notification expected to become mandatory in NZ

Rob O’Neill reports:

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards expects data breach notification to become mandatory in New Zealand as part of changes to the Privacy Act now being drafted by the Ministry of Justice.

“Government has already agreed to bring our law up to speed with many of our comparative jurisdictions,” Edwards said. “It’s now well overdue that we have this measure.”

Less certain is a system of civil penalties for more blatant breaches, something Edwards has also recommended.

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