Pattrick Smellie reports:
New Zealand’s privacy regime is weaker than many of its international counterparts and needs teeth, the UN rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joe Cannataci, told a forum in Wellington hosted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
The commissioner should have powers to impose fines on the likes of Facebook and Google, as European privacy regulators have done for personal information breaches, Professor Cannataci said.
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Professor Cannataci challenged statements made by the previous speaker, Justice and Telecommunications Minister Amy Adams.
It sounds like it was a lively presentation, and I imagine that the NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards engaged in a lot of vigorous head-nodding behavior during the talk.