The Government must speed up promised law changes to reassure the public their private information is in safe hands as the country marks Privacy Week, Labour’s associate Justice spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“The previous Justice Minister Judith Collins announced much needed sweeping changes to the Privacy Act a year ago this month. They would give the Privacy Commissioner more powers to compel public and private sector organisations to report privacy breaches and new offences and fines for those who didn’t. We are yet to see any legislation appear.
The Police Minister needs to explain why unsworn and inadequately trained custody officers were put in a situation of caring for a medically unwell prisoner on a busy Saturday night, Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
Commenting on an IPCA report into the death of Sentry Taitoko in a police cell last year Mr Davis said it made for tragic reading and should be impetus for some major changes in procedure.
A report in to the police handling of the “Roastbusters”, which highlights massive deficiencies in the way multiple complaints were handled and questions why police did not hold the young men involved to account, should be required reading for every officer dealing with similar cases, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
Ms Ardern, who prompted the IPCA review of the case, said the report was damning
The Privy Council’s decision to quash Teina Pora’s convictions for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett could be the final chapter in a case that should have been closed years ago, Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Teina Pora has spent more than 20 years in prison, despite overwhelming public evidence that a miscarriage of justice occurred.
Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The report paints a farcical scenario of how a complete lack of communication across government agencies allowed Smith to apply for and receive a passport in a name he hadn’t used since he was a child.