The code of practice Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff issued after the Christchurch earthquake has been extended to 24 May. The commissioner issued the temporary Information Sharing Code on 24 February to assist with response to the disaster. The code allows emergency services to share personal information as necessary to help victims find relatives, get back home or receive medical or financial assistance. "Businesses and others have greater flexibility to share information," Shroff said. "For instance, a business might have records they think might be useful and want to volunteer. Similarly, a business might be asked for confidential information by authorities or family members."
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