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New Zealand Law Commission Issues Review of Privacy Act

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Earlier this month, the New Zealand Law Commission released its legally required review of the country’s Privacy Act.


The 500 plus page document does not include much about destruction or disposal other than to say on page 99 that:


“Because there are potentially many different ways in which information that is no longer needed could be acceptably disposed of, this issue is probably better dealt with by way of guidance from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner than by any amendment to the legislation.”


NAID would respectfully disagree.  Not that the OPC is not capable of providing good and prudent guidance, but rather that “guidance” is sufficient to obtaining compliance.  It has already been established elsewhere in the world that without clear and binding regulatory direction and enforcement, organizations resist internalizing the responsibility to properly destroy discarded personal information


Read the Law Commission Report