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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
WELLINGTON

Dear Minister

ANTI-SPAM LAWS

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...

Public Health Legislation Discussion Paper

Submission by the Privacy Commisioner on Public Health Legislation

Discussion Paper
This discussion paper is one of the last steps in public consultation prior to the government taking final policy decisions upon, and drafting, a replacement for the Health Act 1956. This step towards new legislation has great significance for public health regulation. It is also a notable one in terms of privacy given the sensitivity of medical information and the centrality of confidentiality to...

Counter-Terrorism Bill

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Counter-Terrorism Bill

1. Introduction

1.1 This bill builds on the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 by introducing new terrorism-related offences and penalties. It also authorises a range of investigative measures addressed to general law enforcement.

1.2 A number of the measures in the bill touch upon information privacy issues. For example, there is a clause requiring people involved with pa...

Amendments to Police Complaints Authority Act 1998

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Independent Police Complaints Authority Amendment Bill and the Police Complaints Authority (Conditional Name Protection) Amendment Bill


POLICE COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY ACT AMENDMENTS

(a) Introduction

The Independent Police Complaints Authority Amendment Bill is a government measure implementing aspects of recommendations of the review of the Police Complaints Authority conducted by Hon Sir Rod...

Entry, Search and Seizure supplementary submission

Supplementary Submission by Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner in relation to Pt's III & IV of the Law Commission's Preliminary Paper 50


20 June 2002

The Law Commission
P O Box 2590
WELLINGTON

SUPPLEMENTARY SUBMISSION ON PRELIMINARY PAPER 50: ENTRY, SEARCH AND SEIZURE

I write further to my letter of 23 May 2002 in which I made a submission on Part II of the discussion paper. This supplementary submission touches upon Parts III and IV.

PAR...

Submission on Review of the New Zealand Court System

Letter to the Hon Justice J Bruce Robertson, President of the Law Commission by Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner


15 May 2002

Hon Justice J Bruce Robertson
President
Law Commission
P O Box 2590
WELLINGTON

Dear Justice Robertson

SUBMISSION ON REVIEW OF THE NEW ZEALAND COURT SYSTEM

I refer to the recent preliminary paper Striking the Balance.

I write merely to correct a factual matter touched upon in the reference information provided wi...

Mutual Assistance in Social Security, New Zealand-Australia

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

Summary

The Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990 empowers the Government to enter into reciprocity agreements for mutual assistance on social security with forei...

Review of the Health (Cervical Screening (Kaitiaki)) Regulations 1995

Submission by the Privacy Commissioner on the Review of the Health (Cervical Screening (Kaitiaki)) Regulations 1995


1 The scope of this submission

1.1 This submission restricts itself to the proposals contained in the March 2002 Discussion Paper issued by the Ministry of Health.

1.2 Although I note that the Discussion Paper suggests that there may be some need for the Regulations to be amended anyway, that need is not explained except in so far as it relates to the aud...

Review of Private Investigators and Security Guards Act 1974

Letter to Mark MacCallum, Ministry of Justice by Blair Stewart, Assistant Commissioner


Dear Mark

REVIEW OF THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS AND SECURITY GUARDS ACT 1974

Thank you for allowing an extension of time to 17 December 2001 to file this submission.

Discussion paper and consultation period

I received the final version of the consultation paper on 21 November. I understand that others with whom you are consulting would have received the paper at about...

Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill

Letter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee by Bruce Slane, Privacy Commissioner


28 November 2001

The Clerk,
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Parliament House
WELLINGTON

TERRORISM (BOMBINGS AND FINANCING) BILL

I wish to comment briefly on four matters of detail.

Clause 9: Financing of terrorism

The substituted clause 9(1)(b) creates a new offence, not in the original clause, of 'directly or indirectly, wilfully and...

Digital Technology, Copyright and Privacy

Submission by the Privacy Commissioner on the Ministry of Economic Development's discussion paper: Digital Technology and the Copyright Act 1994


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE COPYRIGHT ACT 1994

1. Introduction

1.1 I welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the Ministry of Economic Development's discussion paper Digital Technology and the Copyright Act 1994. This submission follows through on an earlier one filed in August1.

1.2 This submission is limited...

Improving the National Cervical Screening Programme

Submission by the Privacy Commissioner on a Discussion Document 'Improving the National Cervical Screening Programme: Law changes to support the audit of the programme'

I refer to the Ministry's Discussion Paper of June 2001 and thank you for extending the deadline to enable me to make this submission.

The consultation process

I am not aware of the distribution of the 'Discussion Document' or of other media used to invite submissions, although I note that the leaflet is...

Amendment of Information Matching Rules

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice recommending the making of an Order in Council to revoke the Fourth Schedule to the Privacy Act 1993 and to substitute a new Schedule containing a revised set of information matching rules

1. Introduction

1.1 In this report I recommend that making of an Order in Council pursuant to section 107 of the Privacy Act 1993 to substitute a new set of information matching rules.

1.2 Section 107 provides:

'Amen...

Telecommunications Bill report

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Telecommunications Bill

Telecommunciations Bill

1. Introduction

1.1 Telecommunications have numerous implications for the privacy of individuals. Of particular significance are the links between communications networks and other services and technologies such as computers. The internet, in just a few years has changed the ways we communicate and the manner in which business and governmen...

Telecommunications Bill

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Telecommunications Bill

1. Introduction

1.1 Telecommunications have numerous implications for the privacy of individuals. Of particular significance are the links between communications networks and other services and technologies such as computers. The internet, in just a few years has changed the ways we communicate and the manner in which business and government delivers services, all the wh...

Government Communications Security Bureau Bill

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to the Government Communications Security Bureau Bill

Introduction

This bill will place the Government Communication Security Bureau (GSCB) on a statutory footing for the first time. I welcome this important step which accords with recommendations I have made on previous occasions.(1) The statutory mandate promotes transparency, certainty and legitimacy.

To earn public trust the bill needs to conta...

Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2) 2001

Report by the Privacy Commissioner to the Minister of Justice in relation to Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2) 2001

ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL (NO 2) 2001

1.

Introduction
1.1 Electoral processes involve the collection of personal information about virtually every adult in New Zealand and its retention in a massive database (the electoral roll). Creation and updating of this database is a sophisticated undertaking. The information is put to use every three years for general...