Given by the Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, at the Privacy Forum, in Wellington
The Law Commission has a four part review of privacy in its Work Programme:
- Project 1 — Overview of privacy values, changes arising from technology, international trends and the implications for NZ
- Project 2— The law relating to public registers in light of privacy considerations and emerging technology.
- Project 3 — Adequacy of New Zealand’s civil and criminal law to deal with invasions of privacy.
- Project 4—Possible changes to Privacy Act 1993.
Parts 1 and 2 have been completed and the Reports published. Part 3 is being discussed by Professor John Burrows QC at this conference today. Part 4 concerns the Privacy Act 1993. A lot has occurred in the life of the Privacy Act but it has never before received an overall external review. The Law Commission aims to fill that gap.
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