Our privacy specialists provide expert guidance on the current legislation and upcoming reforms. We have in-depth experience across a broad spectrum of privacy issues, ranging from the collection, use, disclosure, retention, and security of personal information to the application of the Privacy Act and Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act.
Our experts are leaders in the field. We acted in the groundbreaking case that first recognised breach of privacy as actionable under New Zealand law. Since then, we have acted on the leading New Zealand cases dealing with civil liability for invasion of privacy and with balancing the competing values of privacy, open justice, and freedom of information.
- Preparation of privacy policies for a wide range of clients in relation to customer data and employee data
- Specific advice on transborder data flows, particularly for multi-national clients seeking to store personal information of New Zealand customers offshore
- Compliance advice on the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act
- Andrews v Television New Zealand Limited (2009) 1 NZLR 220 - invasion of privacy as relates to filming and screening on television of road accident victim, and defence of legitimate public concern
- Television New Zealand Limited v Rogers (2008) 2 NZLR 277 - scope of the tort of invasion of privacy in context of open justice and publication of inadmissible evidence
- Mafart v Television New Zealand Limited (2006) 3 NZLR 534 - search and broadcast of court film footage relating to the Rainbow Warrior
- Hosking v Runting (2003) 3 NZLR 385 (High Court) - leading authority on the tort of invasion of privacy and the nature and extent of such tort in New Zealand