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Facebook's global data breach draws New Zealand regulatory scrutiny

By Laurel Henning
  • 08 Apr 2021 01:54
  • 08 Apr 2021 01:54
The reemergence of scraped Facebook data that has seen information on 533 million users published online over the weekend has prompted inquiries from New Zealand’s privacy regulator.

In response to a request for comment from MLex, a New Zealand Privacy Commissioner spokesperson said the regulator has already approached the US social media company

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent


Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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