A tech expert told The New Zealand Herald that the recent confirmation by Twitter that its mobile phone app collected users' address book contents "is a big deal for New Zealanders who are used to good privacy protection." Telecommunications Users Association Chief Executive Paul Brislen said, "We've got such good privacy laws, and we're used to companies gathering information for one purpose, they can't use it for something else. So, we're quite used to that here, and of course this is an American company, so none of it applies." Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans said, "It's common for social networking services to offer to search through existing contact lists, but companies need to be extremely clear in telling their customers what they're going to do with that information."
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