Should Notification Of Data Breaches Be Mandatory?

Column – New Zealand Labour Party

Red Alert Post Should Notification Of Data Breaches Be Mandatory? Posted by Clare Curran on April 3rd, 2013 The Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff last week told us that public trust is being eroded by government sector breaches. She said government …
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Should Notification Of Data Breaches Be Mandatory?
Posted by Clare Curran on April 3rd, 2013

The Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff last week told us that public trust is being eroded by government sector breaches. She said government agencies have huge databases of information which the public is forced to provide, and in return they need to look after that information properly and that public sector agencies needed to have stronger controls in place when handling spread sheets of personal information.

Last year she warned us that the public sector can’t afford to be complacent. It’s quite clear that agencies holding large amounts of personal information need to place greater value on that information asset. They need to develop strong leadership and a culture of respect for privacy, as well as day to day policies and practices to provide trustworthy stewardship of our personal information at every level of the organisation. There has been far too little focus on the fact that there are real people behind the masses of information that government agencies hold.

Data breach notification isn’t currently required by law, but the Law Commission recently recommended that it should be made compulsory where breaches put people at risk. That would bring New Zealand law into line with practice overseas.

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http://blog.labour.org.nz/2013/04/03/should-notification-of-data-breaches-be-mandatory/

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