The Privacy Commissioner has urged the the Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions to explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, trans-Tasman credit reporting in a submission to the joint economic study.
To read the Privacy Commissioner's submission click here and to find out more about the trans-Tasman study
The Privacy Commissioner's submission focuses on clause 59 of the Taxation (Tax Administration and Remedial Matters) Bill which proposes a new framework for Inland Revenue to share the personal information of all New Zealanders for a potentially limitless range of purposes.
The Customs and Excise (Joint Border Management Information Sharing and Other Matters) Amendment Bill proposes the introduction of an untested and open-ended information sharing regime for border information. Because sensitive personal information is shared at the border, this raises significant privacy concerns.
The Privacy Commissioner's submission recommends that a decision on this framework is delayed to allow the necessary testing and analysis to be done. Alternatively, the inform...
This submission makes no comment on the intent of the Bill, which is to ensure that all those sentenced to a period of detention are ineligible to vote. Instead, it identifies the privacy interests that the Bill raises, and suggests a method by which those interests can be appropriately managed.
Our recommendation is that if the information disclosures that currently occur under section 81 of the Electoral Act 1993 are expanded, as would be the effect of this Bill, they should be m...
The Border (Customs, Excise and Tariff) Bill provides for the use of automated electronic systems at the border to make decisions, exercise powers, comply with obligations, and take related actions'. Any automated decision making can affect an individual's privacy.
Search and surveillance is a complex area with an immense impact on citizens' rights in relation to the State. Up to now, it has suffered from a lack of consistency and coherence, but the work of the Law Commission and the resulting Search and Surveillance Bill have significantly improved this situation.
Of course, any discussion of search and surveillance gives rise to major privacy issues. By its nature the Bill covers activities that are...