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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Information and Data Protection Law
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    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

    Tim Cochrane


    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.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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