Minister of Justice Judith Collins spoke at a privacy conference this week about the proliferation of personal data online, saying that in the distant future posts and status updates may be accessible and warning that "personal information stored overseas is not necessarily protected from use and disclosure like it is in New Zealand," reports The New Zealand Herald. Other speakers included Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at British Telecom, who called data creation the "pollution problem of the Information Age" and said a lax attitude to online privacy may become this generation's biggest regret, the report states. Schneier and others pointed to incomprehensible privacy policies as a barrier to public understanding of how companies handle their data.
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