Changes To Privacy Act On The Horizon

On 2 May 2024, the Privacy Amendment Bill (Bill) had its first reading in Parliament and has been referred to the Justice Committee. 

The Bill introduces a new information privacy principle (IPP 3A), which will address a perceived gap in the Privacy Act 2020 regarding indirect collection of personal information.  At present, the Privacy Act requires an agency to notify individuals when the agency is collecting personal information directly from the individuals.  The Bill, if passed, would also require agencies to notify individuals when collecting personal information about those individuals from another agency. 

You can read more about the proposed new information privacy principle, and other minor changes proposed by the Bill, in our previous update - Amendment to the Privacy Act 2020 proposed.

Submissions on the Bill are now open and will close on 14 June 2024

We will keep you updated on any further developments as the Bill progresses through the legislative process. 

If you would like any assistance with preparing a submission or have any questions about the potential implications of the Bill on your business, please get in touch with a member of our team.


This article was co-written by Allan Yeoman (partner), Natasha Wilson (partner), Keri Johansson (special counsel), Alex Chapman (senior associate) and Pearlyn Tan (law clerk).