Privacy and dealing with information about people
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Does the legislation require a complaints process?
New legislation should use the existing complaints process under the Privacy Act 1993 unless there is a good reason not to do so.
The Privacy Act 1993 provides a comprehensive system for dealing with complaints arising from alleged breaches of the information privacy principles. This includes a complaints investigation process by the Commissioner and proceedings before the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
New legislation should adopt the Privacy Act complaints procedure. Such new legislation should include clear words that incorporate the complaints procedure (see section 66 of the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004). Good reasons must exist to create any new complaints and review procedures.