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Opinion: Society Needs Limits on Intrusions

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

December 20, 2012

Auckland human rights lawyer Tim McBride writes for The New Zealand Herald about what privacy is and isn’t in the minds of New Zealanders. Through the years, surveys have shown New Zealanders “place a high value on their privacy,” he writes, adding, “To be a truly free and democratic society there must be respect for the autonomy of individuals, and limits on the activities of both state and private agencies which may intrude on that autonomy.” Citizens should be able to live their lives without unwanted surveillance, McBride says, but “Even the privacy protections and legal limitations on surveillance that do exist at present are being progressively undermined.”
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