Privacy Bill passes first reading

The Privacy Bill (Bill) has passed its First Reading, receiving unanimous support from Parliament.  The Bill has now been referred to the Justice Committee for consideration.  We expect there to be robust and comprehensive debate on the Bill during the Select Committee stage, given the comments during the First Reading on the importance of individuals’ rights to privacy.  Public submissions are due by 24 May 2018, with the Justice Committee Report due on 11 October 2018.

The Bill, introduced to Parliament on 20 March 2018, will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993 as recommended in the Law Commission’s 2011 review of the Privacy Act.  For a detailed analysis of the Bill, please see our previous news alert on the Bill here.

During the First Reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little said:

The select committee process is very important and I urge all New Zealanders with an interest in privacy as an issue to come forward and to have their say on the Bill. It will be important for the Bill to have maximum scrutiny; not just from members of this House, but all citizens.

If you have any questions on the Bill or if you would like our assistance in developing a submission on the Bill, please contact one of our Data Protection experts who would be happy to assist.

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