Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015

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Version as at 9 March 2022

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015

Public Act
2015 No 63
Date of assent
2 July 2015
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


5Act binds the Crown
6Communication principles
7Approved Agency
8Functions and powers of Approved Agency
9Power of Approved Agency to delegate
10Protection for employees of Approved Agency
11Who may bring proceedings
12Threshold for proceedings
13District Court may refer matter back to Approved Agency
14Court may require Approved Agency to provide information
16Mode of hearing and evidence
17Technical advisers
18Interim orders
19Orders that may be made by court
20Court may vary or discharge order
21Offence of non-compliance with order
22Causing harm by posting digital communication
22APosting intimate visual recording without consent
22BCourt may make civil order during proceedings for offence under section 22A
23Liability of online content host for content posted by user
24Process for obtaining protection against liability for specific content
25Further provisions related to section 24
28Consequential amendments to other Acts
29Principal Act
30Section 179 amended (Aiding and abetting suicide)
31Principal Act
32Section 3 amended (Meaning of harassment)
33Section 4 amended (Meaning of specified act)
34Section 19 amended (Standard conditions of restraining orders)
35Principal Act
36Section 61 amended (Racial disharmony)
37Section 62 amended (Sexual harassment)
38Section 63 amended (Racial harassment)
39Principal Act
40Section 6 amended (Information privacy principles)
41Section 56 amended (Personal information relating to domestic affairs)

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: