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Wellington-based lawyer John Edwards has been named New Zealand’s new privacy commissioner, succeeding Marie Shroff, who served as the nation’s data protection authority for the past 10 years, reports The New Zealand Herald. As barrister and solicitor, Edwards has been practicing public law and policy for more than 20 years. Justice Minister Judith Collins said, “Mr. Edwards’ public- and private-sector experience give him a highly informed perspective on data privacy and data matching issues,” adding, “He is an acknowledged privacy expert and has a broad, practical understanding of the Privacy Act.” Shroff said the role of privacy commissioner has become increasingly demanding, the report states. Edwards will take up the new position in February.
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