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Statement from International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Executive Committee

21 March 2019

At the meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, held in London today, we discussed the shocking events in Christchurch. We share the privacy and dignity concerns highlighted by our colleague, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, arising from the live-streaming and distribution of the video of the attack. Online platforms have a responsibility to ensure their systems are effective in protecting privacy, something Commissioners have highlighted before.

The Executive Committee also expressed its deepest sympathies to the people of New Zealand.