Departing Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff “has issued a stern warning over the growing threat posed by Big Data entities including governments and large Internet companies,” The New Zealand Herald reports. Shroff commented, “The public has woken up to the fact that their information is not completely safe with business or government or on the Internet—if it ever was,” citing the “mega growth” of technological abilities in the past decade. “The Internet and information technology empower us hugely, but they also put us at huge risk,” she said. Shroff, who will depart her post on 14 February, will be replaced as commissioner by John Edwards. Editor's Note: Katrine Evans recently shared an inside view from the New Zealand Privacy Office in the IAPP's Privacy Perspectives blog.
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