Wellington lawyer John Edwards to be Privacy Commissioner

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Wellington lawyer John Edwards is to be the new Privacy Commissioner. Mr Edwards will replace Ms Marie Shroff, CNZM, CVO who has completed two five year terms in the role.

“Mr Edwards’ public and private sector experience gives him a highly informed perspective on data privacy and data matching issues. He is an acknowledged privacy expert and has a broad, practical understanding of the Privacy Act,” says Justice Minister Judith Collins.

“I am confident Mr Edwards will be highly credible in the role of the Commissioner and will be able to engage both the public and private sectors.”

The Privacy Commissioner administers the Privacy Act 1993. The Act sets out 12 privacy principles that guide how personal information can be collected, used, stored and disclosed.

The Privacy Commissioner’s Office has a wide range of functions including – investigating complaints about breaches of privacy, running education programmes, and examining proposed legislation and how it may affect individual privacy.

Ms Collins acknowledges the outstanding service Ms Shroff has given in the position of Privacy Commissioner over the past decade.

Mr Edwards will take up appointment in February.


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