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Interception Of Private Communications report

Report By The Privacy Commissioner To The Minister Of Justice On Parts V And Viii Of The Harassment And Criminal Associations Bill (Interception Of Private Communications)


Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Review of provisions in bill
3. Enhancement of existing safeguards
4. Proposal to create new safeguards
5. Summary of conclusions and recommendations

The Harassment and Criminal Associa...

Case Note 7837 [1997] NZPrivCmr 2 - Solicitor refuses access to letters because fees unpaid

A client requested copies of two letters he had provided to his solicitor for court proceedings. The solicitor refused the request because the client had not paid his bill. He claimed a solicitor's lien over the file. Lawyers assert this lien by refusing to hand over a client's file until their bill has been paid.

Information privacy principle 6 entitles individuals to have access to personal information about themselves held by an agency. This requirement is subject to a limited number...

The Electronic Consumer

Understanding Privacy and Use of Information in Electronic Commerce

Address by Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane

New Zealanders lead the world in trying out new types of technology. There are more EFTPOS machines per head in our population than anywhere else in the world. We are connecting to the Internet faster than most other countries. It seems as though we are far too interested to try out the technology to fear it. Perhaps, dare I say, a small influence...

Health Information Privacy: Confronting the Issues

Address by the Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane, to the IIR Medico-Legal Conference

Today, I want to discuss with you and contrast my opinion in the Pugmire case and a recent decision of the Medical Practitioners' Disciplinary Committee. The MPDC decision found that a medical practitioner's actions in giving an opinion on a patient's suitability to have a firearms licence was unbecoming conduct.

I will also discuss some other matters I have encountered in health sector complain...

Case Note 6998 [1997] NZPrivCmr 1 - Travellers object to Customs disclosing HIV positive status

The Complaint

Two people complained that New Zealand Customs disclosed to Western Samoa Customs certain personal information about them. The events occurred after they left New Zealand for a holiday in Western Samoa. The complainants alleged that Western Samoa Customs was informed that one of them was a known drug user and HIV-positive, that the other was identified as travelling with the first complainant, and that their travel plans seemed suspicious.

The Facts


The New Privacy Laws: Exemptions and Exceptions to Privacy

Paper prepared for The New Privacy Laws: A Symposium on Preparing Privacy Laws for the 21st Century
Sydney, 19 February 1997


It is timely that we should examine the 'new privacy laws' and address the exciting topic of 'preparing privacy laws for the 21st century'. Australia at Federal level is poised to embark on legislating for privacy protection the private sector. Victoria and New South Wales are also designing privacy laws at State level. Further afield Can...

Evidence of Children and Other Vulnerable Witnesses

Submission by the Privacy Commissioner on Law Commission Preliminary Paper 26

1. Introduction

1.1 The discussion paper examines options to address the particular needs of children and other vulnerable witnesses, including defendants, which arise in their involvement in criminal and civil court proceedings and impact on their ability to give reliable, that is complete and accurate, evidence. Vulnerability may arise due to the characteristics of a witness, the nature of the case...

Case Note 2049 [1996] NZPrivCmr 7 - Nurse discloses psychiatric patient details to Opposition MP

Under section 69(2) Privacy Act I initiated an investigation into certain disclosures of health information about a patient contained in a letter written by a nurse and sent to an Opposition MP. The disclosures concerned health information about a patient released into the community under the mental health legislation.

Relevant Facts

The nurse wrote to the Minister of Health expressing certain concerns about release of a particular and identified patient from the secure unit o...