The laws around privacy have changed and protecting private information is more important than ever. The new Privacy Act 2020 came into force in December last year and modernised the old Privacy Act to reflect changes in our economy and society; and the wider technological world in which we live. There are now greater protections for individuals and significant new obligations and penalties for businesses and organisations.Read more
New Privacy Act
In May 2018 VL released a Market Bulletin which foreshadowed a more stringent legislative environment to protect individual privacy. It is therefore no surprise to note that with effect from 30 June 2020 the Privacy Act 2020 was passed by Parliament and comes into force in New Zealand on 1 December 2020.Read more
The Covid-19 Cyber Storm
Following the New Zealand Government’s unprecedented decision to implement the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, businesses of all sizes are now facing increased vulnerability to their systems being attacked by cyber criminals.Read more
Directors in the Spotlight
In a well-publicised High Court judgment former directors of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited (in liquidation) were found liable for breach of their directors’ duties by trading recklessly whilst the company had been insolvent over a period of years.Read more
Cyber Insurance | Privacy Breach Regulation
SMEs are increasingly realising the need to better manage the risks posed by the growing digital environment especially since the emergence and publicity of large scale, worldwide cyber attacks, notably WannaCry and NotPetya.Read more
Under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 there are specific duties applying to PCBUs who have "management or control" of a workplace, transit depot, or a hazardous substance location.Read more
Health and Safety at Work Act
The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 is generating a dramatically increased level of fines upon conviction for individuals and business entities. As well WorkSafe now has a 12-month window to make its decision whether to prosecute (previously 6 months). As a result, we are just now seeing how things may pan out in future.Read more
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