Cross-tasman initiative announced to promote privacy protection

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, and the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff, have announced the signing of an agreement allowing for cooperation between their offices on privacy-related issues.

Ms Curtis said: "The agreement will cement the already close ties between our Offices in tackling emerging privacy challenges and will enhance the management of cross-border cases."

Ms Shroff said the agreement covers the sharing of information related to surveys, research projects, promotional campaigns, education and training programs, and techniques in investigating privacy violations and regulatory strategies.

Ms Curtis said the agreement stems in part from the APEC Privacy Framework, OECD Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, and the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, all of which advocate the forming of cooperative arrangements between privacy regulators.

21 September, 2006

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