Blair Stewart is Assistant Commissioner with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand.
In 1997/98 Blair was involved in a major review of the operation of the Privacy Act 1993. The process involved extensive research and consultation. An important issue studied was the compatibility of New Zealand's privacy law, based upon the 1980 OECD Guidelines, with the more recent EU Data Protection Directive adopted in 1995. The Privacy Commissioner made several recommendations for amendment to the Act to ensure a finding of adequacy and Blair was further involved in the drafting of proposed amendments to the Privacy Act to implement two such recommendations.
Blair is a member of the editorial panel of Privacy Law and Policy Reporter and is a consulting editor to Human Rights Law and Practice. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Blair was, prior to joining the Privacy Commissioner in 1993, in private practice with a commercial law firm in Auckland.