Just as we get embarrassed here in NZ when our clean green image is tarnished by farmers polluting streams , we should sit up and take notice when we our privacy is not protected in what we assume is a 'free society'. The 2007 International Privacy Ranking from the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International does not present a pretty picture of the NZ attitude to privacy . Overall the rating represents a systematic failure to uphold safeguards. Notably, NZ is up there with the worst, leading in bad practice in communications interception.
The findings are available in PDF format by clicking here.