Official Information Acts (1982-1995) by Parliamentary Counsel
IV: Right of Access to Personal Information
Right of access to personal information
Right of Access to Personal Information
24. Right of access to personal information---(1) Subject to this Part
of this Act, to sections 10 and 52 of this Act, and to subsections (2)
and (5) of this section, every person has a right to and shall, on
request, be given . . . access to any personal information which---
(a) Is about that person; and
(b) Is held in such a way that it can readily be retrieved.
[(2) The right conferred by subsection (1) of this section may be
exercised only by a person who is---
(a) A body corporate which is incorporated in New Zealand; or
(b) A body corporate which is incorporated outside New Zealand but
which has a place of business in New Zealand]
(3) Sections 12 (3), 13 to 17, and 19 of this Act shall apply, with
all necessary modifications, to a request made under subsection (1) of
[(3A) Where any person is given access to personal information under
this section, that person shall be advised of that person's right, under
section 26 of this Act, to request the correction of that information.]
(4) Nothing in this section requires, or imposes any responsibility
on, any Department or Minister of the Crown or organisation to compile
files or data banks of personal information.
(5) Nothing in this section gives any person the right to be given
access to any personal information about him which is held by the Public
Trustee or the Maori Trustee---
(a) In his capacity as a trustee within the meaning of the Trustee Act
(b) In any other fiduciary capacity.
In subs. (1) words were omitted by s. 5 (1) of the Official
Information Amendment Act 1993.
Subs. (2) was substituted for the original subs. (2) by s. 5 (2)
of the Official Information Amendment Act 1993.
Subs. (3A) was inserted by s. 13 of the Official Information
Amendment Act 1987.