Privacy Act 1993

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Reprint as at 1 October 2007

Privacy Act 1993

Public Act1993 No 28
Date of assent17 May 1993


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Justice.



16 Term of office [Repealed]

Codes of practice

Specific exemptions



Investigations by Commissioner

Proceedings of Commissioner

Special procedure relating to intelligence organisations

Proceedings before Human Rights Review Tribunal


Information matching guidelines

Authorised information matching programmes

Avoidance of controls on information matching



Liability and offences


Amendments, repeals, and revocations

Transitional provisions and savings

Reprint notes

An Act to promote and protect individual privacy in general accordance with the Recommendation of the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Concerning Guidelines Governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, and, in particular,—

  • (a) To establish certain principles with respect to—

    • (i) The collection, use, and disclosure, by public and private sector agencies, of information relating to individuals; and

    • (ii) Access by each individual to information relating to that individual and held by public and private sector agencies; and

  • (b) To provide for the appointment of a Privacy Commissioner to investigate complaints about interferences with individual privacy; and

  • (c) To provide for matters incidental thereto