The European Union Data Directive requires EU-member countries to implement legislation that prohibits the transfer of personal data outside the EU except to countries that the EU has found to provide laws that are substantially equivalent to the EU’s privacy laws. The EU “Working Party,” an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, recently issued an opinion concluding that New Zealand’s data protection laws are adequate, such that personal data may be transferred from the EU to New Zealand.

TIP:   When transferring personal data from an EU company to a non-EU country, remember that some countries are deemed “adequate” and thus transfers are acceptable.