Privacy and the Right to be Forgotten



The freedom and accessibility of the internet raises important fundamental issues: how do we deal with information, identities and reputations? Should the nation state be involved or should we trust the powerful information multinationals to do the right thing? The Government is planning to reform New Zealand’s privacy laws, entailing the repeal and replacement of the Privacy Act 1993. The Harmful Digital Communications Bill has been reported back by the select committee; it appears to have broad parliamentary support. To include:

  • The competing rights of individuals: the right to be forgotten and the right to be known
  • How society regulates (or should regulate) the power of Google
  • The latest developments in prioritising search results
  • The power and range of the internet
  • Can a business claim a word?
  • Relevant cases, in particular Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Mario Costeja González

Learning Objectives You will be able to:

  • Clearly understand privacy laws and the pertinent legislation and proposed legislative reforms.
  • Confidently advise clients about their rights in respect of publication and social media publicity.
  • Assess the merits of any proposed defamation actions.

Who should attend? Intellectual property lawyers and civil litigators, lawyers advising clients who engage with digital media, in house counsel in relevant industries. Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014 Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Fee( incl GST): NZLS members and Associate members $115, non-members $165 Venue: Central Auckland location – tbc CPD hours: 2

Clive Elliott QC Shortland Chambers Auckland 


Judge David Harvey District Court Auckland



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