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GDPR: For New Zealand Businesses

As individuals, many of us will have seen emails from the likes of Google, EBay, Paypal etc advising us of their commitment to the new “GDPR”.  The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation and is being introduced across the EU from 25 May 2018.

There is a great deal of similarity between the GDPR and the provisions of New Zealand’s 1993 privacy legislation, but there are also some differences, such as the GDPR’s ‘right to be forgotten’ which does not have an equivalent under our local Privacy Acts.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has provided the following breakdown of businesses that may be required to adhere to the GDPR:

  • a business with an office in the EU;
  • a business whose website enables EU customers to order goods or services in a European language (other than English) or enables payment in euros;
  • a business whose website mentions customers or users in the EU;
  • a business that tracks individuals in the EU on the internet and uses data processing techniques to profile individuals to analyse and predict personal preferences, behaviours and attitudes.

If you fall into any one or more of the above criteria and collect or obtain any information relating to an identified (or identifiable) natural person you should seek advice on this from your legal advisors.  More background can be found here.

A word from the Managing Director: Kirk Cheesman

I’m excited to announce that in March, we opened an office in Canberra. This is the first of what could be a number of new offices for NCI in 2018 and beyond…

The end of financial year is fast approaching and as we move forward into this busy time, there are increasing pressures in domestic and international markets. Keeping an eye on your customers has never been more important, and now with NCI Radar it is cost-effective. One simple adverse alert could save your business thousands of dollars.

We are continuing to develop our systems to make the ‘IT’ experience for our clients better.  Stay tuned for updates to Credential Console 2.0.

Before writing off any accounts prior to 30 June, consider sending those overdue debts to NCI Commercial Collections!

Kind regards,
Kirk

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