The Privacy Commissioner has largely backed proposed changes to the Privacy Act in a 105-page submission to the Law Commission and has called for the creation of a chief privacy officer role in government.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said the Privacy Act was fundamentally sound, but she supported many of the proposed changes. “We have particularly urged reform where the Act is not effective in protecting privacy.”
She suggested a chief privacy officer role be created in government to provide “leadership, expertise and help create a culture of respect for privacy across government”, and putting a mandatory privacy breach notification rule in place where appropriate.
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