Justice Minister Judith Collins has announced that there will be significant improvements to privacy laws to ensure stronger protections for New Zealanders' personal information.

The Government had previously signalled its intention to repeal and re-enact the Privacy Act 1993, following a Law Commission report that recommended overhauling and updating the law.

The reforms will put the onus on information holders to identify and address risks before they occur and ensure that New Zealand’s privacy law reflects the digital age.

A specific timeframe for the introduction of the Bill has not yet been announced. However, the Government has indicated that it will conduct targeted technical consultation on details of the proposals before introducing a Bill to Parliament.

For more information see our earlier update: Taking Privacy Seriously: Proposed Overhaul of the Privacy Act 1993.