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Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

This Act takes effect on 5 September 2007. The Department of Internal Affairs has established an Anti-Spam Unit to investigate complaints about spam from the public and act against New Zealand spammers. For further information, go to anti-spam.

Immigration Bill 2007

A submission on the Immigration Bill 2007 by the Privacy Commissioner to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee was presented on 8 November 2007.

View the submission.

Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 2)

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to an information matching programme proposed to be authorised by new section 280H of the Customs and Excise Act 1996 and new section 62A of the Student Loan Scheme Act 1992.

View the full report (PDF 13 pages).

Submission on FATF Inter-Agency Working Group discussion document

The Privacy Commissioner made a submission to the FATF Inter-Agency Working Group on their second discussion document entitled 'Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism: New Zealand's Compliance with Financial Action Task Force Recommendations: Second Discussion Document'.

View the full document (9 pages).

Submisson on review of Civil Court Fees: Stage 2 - Human Rights Review Tribunal

Strategic Policy Unit
Department for Courts
P O Box 2750

I refer to the Working Party on Civil Court Fees' consultation document of May 2003.

My submission is solely in relation to the proposed filing fee for the Human Rights Review Tribunal. The Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) is, in the terms of the discussion document, a 'specialist jurisdiction'. Essentially, the paper recommends that specialist jurisdictions be classed as either exempt from fees or as...

Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Bill

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to Part 2(1) of the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Bill

This report discusses only Part 2(1) of this bill, which aims to ensure that compensation for breaches of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, Human Rights Act 1993 and Privacy Act 1993, is treated as a remedy of last resort for prisoners. Under the bill, compensation will only be possible when all...

Courts and Criminal Matters Bill: information matching programmes

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill concerning:

  • two proposed information matching programmes to identify fines defaulters crossing the border, and
  • a change to an existing programme between the Department for Courts and IRD

View the full report (18 pages).

Exchange of Social Security Information with the Netherlands

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Social Development and Employment pursuant to section 19(2A) of the Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990 in relation to mutual assistance provisions in the revised reciprocity agreement on social security between New Zealand and the Netherlands.

View the full document (32 pages).

Counter-Terrorism Bill: Maintaining a Proportionate Response to Terrorism

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

On 15 May 2003 I appeared before the Committee in support of the recommendations contained in a report I had given to the Minister of Justice1. In the report I noted the Canadian Privacy Commissioner's general approach to new laws dealing with terrorism. A member of the Committee asked that I further explain the approach suggested by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner. The Committee endorsed that re...

Letter to the Minister of Communications

By Bruce Slane, Privacy Commissioner

12 May 2003

Hon Paul Swain, MP
Minister of Communications
Parliament Buildings

Dear Minister


I write to lend my voice to others who have called upon the Government to consider the enactment of anti-spam laws.

I note that the report of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) has recently recommended legislation banning unsolicited email - or spam - for Australia. In a...