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Privacy and Media Law for Managers

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Do you deal with private and confidential information relating to your business, employees, competitors or third-party clients? Do you question whether you are complying with privacy laws and, in particular, requirements contained in the Privacy Act 1993, the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, or which will be imposed by the Privacy Bill 2018? Are you concerned in knowing what you can discuss with the media relating to your business, its employees, competitors or third-party clients?

Knowledge of privacy and media law is central to mitigating legal risk and ensuring legal compliance. This short course offers an introduction to privacy and selected media law topics for non-lawyer managers to assist in compliance with legal frameworks for business, employers, and third-party relations in New Zealand. This is a course for those concerned with their privacy obligations and disclosure rights in light of technological advances in the digital age.

Privacy and Media Law for Managers is not a law lecture and will not prepare you to be a lawyer. Rather, it aims to provide insight into privacy law, selected media law (including defamation), your obligations and how they work in practice. This insight will assist you in being more effective in handling personal, private and/or confidential information, in addition to communications with third parties about your business, including the media.

Topics covered

This course will introduce you to laws relating to privacy and the media. We will cover a number of key areas, including:

  • Introduction to corporate privacy issues in the digital age
  • Legal requirements imposed by privacy legislation (Privacy Act 1993 / Privacy Bill 2018)
  • Impact of the UK’s General Data Protection Regulations 2018 on New Zealand business
  • Information disclosure concerns in terms of privacy and defamation laws
  • Risks and remedial liability from disclosure breaches (including examples from case law)

Case studies will be provided and you are encouraged to participate in discussion regarding key principles and the case studies.

Outcomes

You will:

  • Gain knowledge of privacy and selected media law concerns which will assist in more efficient and informed decision making for your business
  • Become more confident in dealing with personal, private and/or confidential information relating to your business, employees, competitors and third-party clients
  • Know when to seek legal advice for privacy and media related problems
  • Be able to discuss privacy and media-related concerns with a lawyer
  • Understand the legal consequences of non-compliance with privacy and defamation laws

Your organisation will:

  • Enhance confidence in the handling of personal, private and/or confidential information
  • Be more likely to avoid privacy and defamation suits (thereby incurring unnecessary costs)
  • Know when to seek legal advice for privacy and media law concerns

Who should attend

  • Anyone responsible for legal compliance
  • Anyone responsible for personal, private and/or confidential information relating to your business, employees, competitors or third-party clients
  • Anyone responsible for communications with the media
  • Anyone wanting to know more about privacy and selected aspects of media law (including defamation)

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