Feb 142019
 February 14, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Naomi Seddon and Merille Raagas of Littler write:

As a proposed Privacy Bill works its way through the New Zealand Parliament, key changes aim to strengthen the protection of confidential and personal information. The Bill is intended to replace prior law on the topic, modernizing privacy regulations and partially adopting provisions included in the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).1

Among other amendments to the Bill, the Privacy Commissioner2 will have increased enforcement powers, including the ability to issue compliance notices to organizations—including private employers—to take specific steps to comply with privacy law, and the ability to approve or deny requests for access to personal information.

Mandatory Notification Requirements in the Event of a Privacy Breach

One of the most significant changes that the Bill proposes to introduce is a mandatory requirement to notify both the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner and the affected individual of a privacy breach.

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