Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Law Commission flags privacy changes - national | Stuff.co.nz

Law Commission flags privacy changes - national | Stuff.co.nz
I will not try to earn the chocolate fish offered by Sir Geoffrey Palmer at his speech today. The meaning of privacy is too subtle and personal to be pinned down at law-and yet we have tried to do so. It is no wonder that some Government agencies get this wrong and why we sometimes read of ridiculous decisions made in the face of those misinterpretations. The Act does not come close to dealing with new concepts like Facebook where some people choose to hang out their personal lives in public. Unlike other projects this is properly the subject of the Law Commission. In many ways the whole thrust of the Act could be encapsulated in the idea that you should have a choice how much your personal information is available, and what to do when someone breaches your privacy boundaries. A simple concept like that could save some tonnes of paper but may be too obvious.

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