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The Privacy (Cross-border Information) Amendment Act 2010, which commenced on 8 September 2010, inserted a new Part 11A (Transfer of Personal Information outside New Zealand) into the Privacy Act 1993.

The objective of Part 11A is to empower the Privacy Commissioner in exceptional cases to prohibit the onward transfer of personal information received from overseas. The power to prohibit transfers is intended to meet the expectations of NZ's trading partners whose own laws limit cross-border transfers and can address the risks to individuals arising from transfer to third countries.

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