Harmful Digital Communications Bill

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Hon Judith Collins

Harmful Digital Communications Bill

Government Bill



Explanatory note

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Approved Agency and enforcement

Subpart 1Purpose, interpretation, the Crown, and communication principles

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Communication principles

6 Communication principles

Subpart 2Enforcement provisions

Approved Agency

7 Approved Agency

8 Functions and powers of Approved Agency

9 Protection for employees of Agency

Proceedings may be brought in District Court

10 Who may bring proceedings

11 Threshold for proceedings

12 District Court may refer matter back to Approved Agency


13 Applications

14 Mode of hearing and evidence

15 Technical advisers

16 Interim orders

17 Orders that may be made by court


18 Offence of non-compliance with order

19 Causing harm by posting digital communication

20 Liability of online content host for content posted by user

Regulations and rules

21 Regulations

22 Rules

Part 2
Amendments to other Acts concerning use of digital communications

Subpart 1Crimes Act 1961

23 Principal Act

24 Section 179 amended (Aiding and abetting suicide)

Subpart 2Harassment Act 1997

25 Principal Act

26 Section 3 amended (Meaning of harassment)

27 Section 4 amended (Meaning of specified act)

28 Section 19 amended (Standard conditions of restraining orders)

Subpart 3Human Rights Act 1993

29 Principal Act

30 Section 61 amended (Racial disharmony)

31 Section 62 amended (Sexual harassment)

32 Section 63 amended (Racial harassment)

Subpart 4Privacy Act 1993

33 Principal Act

34 Section 6 amended (Information privacy principles)

35 Section 56 amended (Personal information relating to domestic affairs)

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: