Privacy Act to roll out in December as Kiwis support stronger privacy laws

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The Privacy Bill has passed its third and final reading in Parliament this month, with only the Royal Assent process remaining before it becomes passed into law.The new Privacy Act is expected to take effect from 1 December 2020, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

The Privacy Act will replace the 1993 legislation and brings the concept of privacy into the modern, digital age.

“The new Privacy Act provides a modernised framework to better protect New Zealanders’ privacy rights in today’s environment,” comments Privacy Commissioner John Edwards.

“I am grateful for the cross-party support of Parliament on this issue. It is an endorsement of the significance of privacy as a universal human right that the Bill was passed with the multi-party support of the House.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner today released the results of a new survey, titled Concerns and Sharing Data.

Of 1398 polled New Zealanders, 65% are in favour of strong privacy regulation, 29% are happy with the same level of regulation, and 6% prefer less legislation.

New Zealanders are most concerned about unauthorised business sharing of their personal information (75%), while 65% express concern about government agencies doing the same thing.

Other major concerns include theft of banking information (72%), and …

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