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Commission Recommends Cyber-Bullying Laws

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

August 16, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has issued a statement supporting the Law Commission's recommendations for new laws to fight cyber-bullying. The Law Commission's proposals include amending the Privacy Act to ensure that it can be readily applied to digital communications and a “new electronic communications offence for those aged 14 and over,” The National Business Review reports. "Our laws need to be updated to tackle the digital age," Shroff said, noting, “The read-write web has huge benefits, but it also creates the potential for greater misuses of the technology. This includes people posting information about others that causes severe distress, including cyber-bullying and online impersonation.”
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