From identity theft, fraud, hacking attacks and
employee incidents, cyber security issues have never been more relevant to organisations.
We are advising our clients on a range of privacy issues relevant to cyber
security mitigation and response, including Privacy Act obligations, guidance,
policies and procedures.
Privacy policies and practices in New Zealand are
frequently changing to keep up to date with market practice, guidance and
recent changes to relevant legislation. The Privacy Act is the subject of
proposed reform and we are closely monitoring progress to keep our clients up
to date with developments that will affect their business.
The collection of personal information on consumers
and employees is becoming more accessible and more detailed, and valuable. As a
result, privacy and data protection laws are increasingly complex. Our
cross-practice privacy team has strong experience on the full range of privacy
and data protection matters.
Our team brings together expertise from employment, commercial, consumer,
e-commerce, technology, intellectual property, insurance, banking, public law and litigation. Our experience
ranges from advising on consumer and marketing practices, employment
agreements, privacy policies and requests for personal information, through to advising
clients on Privacy Act breaches, communicating with the Privacy Commissioner
and responding to complaints and investigations. We understand the full range
of legal and practical issues and support our clients through the complexities of
We have acted for a number of public sector clients
addressing compliance with privacy law in their organisations, and dealing with
breaches. We have also advised on inquiries and investigations into breaches of
the Privacy Act.
Our team has
an international profile. We regularly provide advice on New Zealand’s privacy
and data protection laws to law firms in the US, Europe and Australia to assist
their multinational clients with particular projects and with legal compliance
generally. It is an area which is becoming increasingly regulated and we work
with our clients to ensure they are well prepared. We give New Zealand legal,
tactical and practical advice to multinational organisations on significant
cross-border privacy and data protection breaches. We have co-authored the New
Zealand privacy sections for various overseas legal texts.
We routinely advise international businesses seeking
to harmonise data protection policies across jurisdictions or to transfer
information across borders. Our privacy team also advises on privacy aspects of
mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs), outsourcing and
other commercial transactions, ensuring clients are fully covered while going
through business transformation projects.
We advise on privacy issues that arise at all
stages of the employment process, including recruitment, negotiation of
employment agreements, drug and alcohol testing, medical incapacity issues,
requests for personal information and restructuring, disciplinary or
performance management processes.