Privacy and the Courts

Given by Emeritus Professor John Burrows, to the Privacy Forum, in Wellington.

Date Given 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The part of the privacy project with which I am particularly concerned is stage 3. Its terms of reference are: a) the adequacy of New Zealand's civil remedies to deal with invasions of privacy and b) the adequacy of  New Zealand's criminal law to deal with invasions of privacy. In short, this stage of the project is about the enforcement of privacy rights in the courts. However we have found we cannot look at this in a vacuum.  We need to asses the role  of the courts against the background of the remedies available outside the court system.  In summary, this is how the overall picture looks.