Data protection law and policy on the domestic and international levels, focusing largely on the Privacy Act 1993, which is New Zealand’s data protection legislation.
Information and Data Protection law—also referred to in Aotearoa New Zealand as “privacy law”—is an important and rapidly evolving area of law, comprising three main sources: legislation (the Privacy Act 2020); the common law; and human rights.
Privacy law impacts all areas of society. A working knowledge is essential for both the public and private sectors. Privacy law is also increasingly important for the day-to-day lives of individuals, whether they’re simply posting on social media, protecting themselves from nosy neighbours, or defending criminal prosecutions. Its frontiers continue to develop—and are often in tension with—technological developments, globalisation, and other societal changes.
|Paper title||Information and Data Protection Law|
|Teaching period||Summer School (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$710.30|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
- Pre or Corequisite
- Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
- Limited to
- LLB, LLB(Hons)
- May not be credited together with LAWS478 passed in 2005-2006 or LAWS470 passed in 2009-2014.
- Teaching staff
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will develop an understanding of data protection ("privacy") law and policy on both the domestic and international levels.
This paper will focus on New Zealand's three main sources of privacy law: the Privacy Act 2020; the common law; and human rights. Reference will also be made to comparable approaches in other jurisdictions.