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Key step taken to EC finding NZ safe destination for data processing


An EU working party has found New Zealand's data protection law meets international best practice, a key step to the EC finding NZ a safe destination for businesses to send personal data for processing.

NBR Staff
Wed, 13 Apr 2011

An EU working party has found that New Zealand's data protection law meets international best practice, an announcement welcomed by privacy commissioner Marie Shroff.

"The working party's opinion shows that our law ensures an adequate level of data protection consistent with European requirements," Ms Shroff said.

The commissioner said the finding was a key step to a formal legal finding by the European Commission that New Zealand was a safe destination for businesses to send personal data for processing. 

She said this finding would be significant for cross border trade and would open doors for New Zealand businesses.

While the Working Party opinion is a key step, it is not a formal legal finding in itself.  The release from the Privacy Commissioner said there were several administrative steps to be taken and could take up to six months.

NBR Staff
Wed, 13 Apr 2011
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Key step taken to EC finding NZ safe destination for data processing
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