On June 7, 2023, New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) issued a statement  encouraging all businesses to adopt two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect information that they hold. In her remarks, Deputy Commissioner Liz MacPherson highlighted that this should be the case regardless of the size of the organisation. She referenced the OPC’s latest small businesses insights report, and opined that:
“When a cyber… breach occurs, the question [that will be asked] … is ‘have you taken reasonable cybersecurity steps to protect the personal data you hold?’ Not to have taken reasonable steps is a breach of the Privacy Act… What is reasonable depends on the size of the organisation and the scale and sensitivity of the personal information they hold.
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