NZ’s landmark decision on privacy

By Karl du Fresne In Current Affairs

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20th December, 2012
A man conceals a recording device in a ceiling cavity and secretly video tapes his female flatmate as she undresses and showers. An intolerable invasion of privacy? Most people would unhesitatingly say yes. Yet until recently, it was one for which the victim was powerless to seek a remedy under New Zealand privacy law. Now, in what legal commentators are hailing as a significant development, a High Court judge has ruled the young woman may sue her former flatmate for damages. ...

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