Privacy and Transparency Statement

This statement explains how we collect, use and share information gathered about members of the public or other entities (directly or indirectly).

The statement applies to information gathered by us, our contractors, or any other third party engaged by us.

Security of information

The security of our premises is managed in accordance with government procurement standards and government Protective Security Requirements. The security of our information is managed in compliance with the Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Public Records Act 2005. The information we hold is used only for the purpose for which it is collected or as otherwise advised.

Where we have serious concerns regarding potential threats to the security of information, we will engage an appropriate authority (such as the NZ Police).

Information collection for law enforcement or regulatory compliance

The Law Commission does not have any law enforcement or regulatory compliance responsibilities, and does not gather any information for these purposes.

Should we identify a need to gather such information, we will ensure compliance with Information Gathering Model Standards, and will update this statement.

Statistical information on our website

If you visit our website (https://www.lawcom.govt.nz) to read or download information, we automatically record some non-personal statistical information in a log file, for example:

  • the screen resolution of your PC
  • the type of browser you use
  • the type of operating system you have
  • the date and time you accessed our site
  • the pages you have accessed and the documents downloaded
  • the internet address from which you accessed our site
  • the search terms you used to find content on our website; and
  • the last site you visited before you accessed this website.

Use of cookies

We currently use Google Analytics to help analyse how our visitors use this site. This analytical tool uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. This data is used to compile statistical reports on website activity for us to evaluate site use. This helps us to make this site more useful to visitors.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying your browser settings. Disabling cookies will not affect your ability to use this website.

Use the "Help" function in your browser to find out how to disable/enable cookies.

Personal information we collect

We collect personal information when you:

  • subscribe to our updates on our website
  • make a submission on a consultation document
  • make an Official Information Act (OIA) request
  • correspond with us in any other way.

Subscribing to our mailing list

If you subscribe to our updates through this website, we record your email address. We use your email address to send you announcements about Law Commission publications and developments. We will not disclose your email address to any third parties without your consent.

You can unsubscribe at any time. If you have any difficulty in unsubscribing from the mailing list, please contact us.

Release of information under the Official Information Act 1982

If you make a submission on a consultation document, an OIA request or correspond with us in any other way, you may provide us with personal information, including your name and contact details, or commercial information. Submissions and other correspondence may be the subject of a request under the Official Information Act 1982, which could result in their release. We use this Act to determine whether we can withhold information on the grounds of privacy, or for any other reason.

If you wish to provide a submission in confidence or you think that any part of your submission should be withheld, you should indicate this clearly. We will take your views into account when assessing whether we are required to release the information under the Act.

Proactive release of information

Where we think it is in the public interest to do so, we may proactively release submissions, responses to OIA requests or other information on our website. Prior to publication, we will ensure that material for release complies with legislative requirements, including the Privacy Act 1993, by removing identifying information.

Queries and concerns

If you have any queries about this statement or believe we have not acted in accordance with this statement, please contact:

General Manager
Law Commission
PO Box 2590
Wellington 6140
New Zealand​

Email: com@lawcom.govt.nz