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Practical Implementation of the Changes Introduced by New Zealand’s New Privacy Act

By Securiti Research Team
Published July 8, 2020 / Updated September 22, 2023

The Privacy Act 2020 was passed by the New Zealand Government in June 2020. The new Act will introduce several key changes that will significantly improve privacy protections for individuals in New Zealand. Organisations will need to ensure compliance with the changes introduced by the Act before it comes into effect on 1 December 2020.

The new Act applies to all organisations that undertake business in New Zealand, no matter their size or geographic location. The Act also applies to all categories of personal information they hold, including customer, employee and supplier information. The key changes introduced in the new Act include:

Privacy Bill summary of key changes

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These changes form part of a global regulatory movement to improve privacy protections and ensure individuals’ right to privacy is upheld. It is mirrored in shifting customer expectations and taking a minimum compliance approach is no longer good enough. Leading organisations now realise that good privacy management is a competitive advantage if done right and are investing in systems and processes that help to build trust and transparency with their customers, employees and partners.

Over the next five weeks we will be publishing a series of articles that discuss the practical implications of the changes that the new Privacy Act introduces and what steps organisations will need to take to ensure that they are compliant. We will also discuss the role that AI and automation can play in helping organisations to reduce their compliance overheads, both in NZ and internationally, while maximising the business value that can be derived from these changes.

The articles will cover:

  • More Protection for Information Moving Overseas
  • Accountability for Data Breaches by Third Parties
  • Strengthening People’s Rights to Access and Correct their Information
  • Click to Consent is not Enough
  • Mandatory Data Breach Notification

Also join us at 10:30am on 11 August 2020 for a webinar where we will host a panel of experts who will discuss the changes and the practical implications for organisations in more detail. Further information and registrations are available at <……..>

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