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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | New privacy guidelines for New Zealand landlords come with skepticism Related reading: Potential friction between free speech and youth privacy laws


Stuff reports privacy advocates aren't sold that new guidelines regarding information collection will keep New Zealand landlords from discriminating against potential tenants. The guidelines, created and published by New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, state what information should be off-limits in landlords' information collections, but there's still no stopping a landlord from collecting excessive information with no law in place. Landlords are also unhappy with the guidelines, which limits the collection of information such as work history and age based on potential violations of the Human Rights Act. "Landlords are entitled to collect personal information where that is necessary for their lawful purpose of selecting a tenant ... [but] should only collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary to make that decision," Edwards said.
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