Claire Rogers reports:
A row is brewing over whether businesses should face criminal sanctions and fines if they fail to notify people of data breaches.
The privacy commissioner is calling for notification of data breaches to be mandatory and for concealment to be made a crime. But Business New Zealand says criminal penalties would be heavy-handed and unjustified.
The Law Commission is reviewing the Privacy Act and is due to decide next month whether data breach notifications should be compulsory, a move also supported by the Law Society.
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