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NSW to add offshore data rules into privacy legislation

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014

Privacy Commissioner welcomes the news.

The office of NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has confirmed the government’s intentions to update the state’s privacy legislation to make it clear where agencies and healthcare providers stand when it comes to storing data offshore, particularly as part of cloud computing arrangements.

The NSW Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Coombs, finalised her draft code of practice for offshore data hosting and handed it to the Attorney-General in May this year, after a number of aborted attempts by her predecessors.

That same month, she acknowledged before a parliamentary committee that the guidance was about 13 years overdue, but said putting it together had proved to be “a more drawn-out process than we originally anticipated”.

Hazzard, however, has decided to take the guidance a step further and address the issue of transborder movement of personal data in a new version of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, which applies to state government bodies and custodians of health data about NSW citizens.

A spokesperson for the Attorney-General told iTnews she could not yet detail what the changes would likely entail.

Read the full story by itnews at: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396906,nsw-to-add-offshore-data-rules-into-privacy-legislation.aspx#ixzz3Gjgk5Jxy