This site will give you all you need to know about the law of Privacy in New Zealand.
We will give you direct access to the Privacy Act 1993 together with a full overview of the Act.
We will also link you to a number of very useful resouce links and Websites.
We also discuss the right to bring a civil action for damages for breach of privacy and the way the law might be developing in New Zealand. We will display for you a full copy of the decision of the High Court in the Mike Hosking case. This case sets out all the leading cases on breach of privacy actions.
In 1993 the Privacy Act was passed. This Act controls the way in which personal information is collected, stored and used.
We also provide you with a direct link to the Government legislation site where you can look up ALL Acts of Parliament and Regulations and Rules. An Act is also known as a Statute. A Regulation is also sometimes known as a Rule. This Government legislation site is still going through some teething problems. But you will be able to access all legislation and find specific Acts and Rules and individual sections.
Local & Private Acts
The Privacy Act is a guide to the way information is gathered in New Zealand, stored and released.
The Act sets out what information gatherers can do and cannot do. It also sets out the procedure for complaining if an individual thinks their rights have been infringed.
WHO DOES THE PRIVACY ACT APPLY TO?
It applies to every person or organisation in New Zealand which holds personal information.
There are exceptions however.
The Act does not apply to information held by anyone for personal, family or household affairs.
The Act does not apply to a small number of groups and organisations in New
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