The European Union Data Directive (the main EU privacy law) requires EU-member countries to pass legislation that prohibits the transfer of personal information 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 concluded that New Zealand’s data protection laws are adequate.  The result is that personal data may be transferred from the EU to New Zealand.