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Commission Recommends Law to Prohibit Tracking

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

March 1, 2010

In its latest report in a series on privacy issues, the Law Commission recommends a new law that would prohibit certain types of tracking, reports the New Zealand Herald. "Surveillance is not well regulated by current law," says Law Commissioner Sir Geoffrey Palmer, SC. "Technology is developing rapidly and continually creating new ways of invading our privacy." The commission says that the installation of tracking devices on cell phones or vehicles and the use of visual surveillance devices without consent should be outlawed via a Surveillance Devices Act. "It is important to put boundaries in place to control [technology's] harmful use before it is too late," the commission says in its report.
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