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Source: Privacy Commissioner

An international privacy sweep has found that 84 percent of respondent organisations say they have systems in place for reporting data breaches, including an appointed team or group responsible for handling breaches. Organisations that voluntarily responded to the 2019 Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Sweep showed a significant of awareness about best practices for appropriately responding to data breaches. New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said: Its encouraging to see a high-level of preparedness for data breach from respondent agencies across the globe.

Privacy and data protection have gained increasing public attention in recent years. Organisations which handle personal information should get ready for New Zealands new Privacy Act, which will include a mandatory data breach notification requirement.

But the results of the GPEN Sweep need to be tempered by the low response rate from organisations contacted to participate.