NZCCL Meeting Dates for 2014

The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This is a list of the meeting dates for 2014.

Guest article: The FATCA threat to NZers civil liberties

Buried deep within the massive omnibus tax bill now before the Select Committee in Parliament is a provision that if enacted as it is, will strip an entire class of New Zealanders defined by national origin, association or mere accident of birth, of their privacy and civil liberties under the Privacy Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.  Further, the Government is taking this action at the behest of the foreign state.

This guest article has been published anonymously at the request of the author.

 

Liberty Watch - February/March 2014

Employment

Lie detector tests for job applicants

Polygraph, or lie detector, tests are now being offered to New Zealand companies and recruitment agencies for use in pre-employment checks.  The test is part of a growing industry in background checking of new staff.  But critics claim the data collection is excessive and take advantage of desperate job seekers.

Submission: Immigration Amendment Bill (No. 2)

In relation to the Immigration Amendment Bill (No. 2), NZCCL is concerned at aspects that impinge on rights and protections contained in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (“BoRA”) and the Privacy Act 1993.  NZCCL welcomes the opportunity to discuss these with the Committee. 

The aspects of the Immigration Amendment Bill that the Council has concerns about are:

  • the failure to confirm that Privacy Principle 6 (PP6) does apply to personal information that will be relied on in making absolute discretion decisions on the grant of visas under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 (the Immigration Act);
  • changes to the search regime that allow for search of a dwellinghouse without a warrant;
  • power to use force to collect biometric data from an individual.

 

Liberty Watch - December 2013/January 2014

A round up of civil liberties news from December 2013 and January 2014.

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