Evaluating the Privacy Act

Given by the Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, at the Privacy Forum, in Wellington

Date Given 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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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