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The European Commission formally ruled in December 2012 that New Zealand’s privacy law provided an ‘adequate level’ of privacy protection to meet European standards.

This adequacy status means that personal data information can legally be sent here from Europe for processing without special additional measures being taken by the European companies.

The Privacy Commissioner and European Commission officials informally agreed a process for facilitating the ongoing monitoring of the functioning of the 2012 decision through update reports.

The latest report was submitted in 9 December 2016.

The third report was submitted in June 2016.

The second report is a supplementary report submitted in March 2016.

The first report was submitted in December 2015.