The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards has raised concerns about privacy and data protection in the digital age.
In his latest blog, he discusses how to move the burden from consumers to read terms and conditions for services they are using, to the service providers to ensure they are clearly explaining the choices that consumers have, and the consequences for them.
Mr Edwards points to the Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann's lecture on 30 October 2018 in commemorating the first New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Sir Bruce Slane where she notes that privacy consents will prove to be a significant issue.
Mr Edwards says as with many problems that the digital age has created as a by-product of the convenience and access to services these products represent, the solutions need to be found in a range of different areas.
He writes that Privacy by design will play a part. Ensuring that the most privacy protective options are obvious, and the default setting should become the industry norm.
And he says regulation will play a part.
"I and my international colleagues need to grasp the nettle and ensure our consumer protective data protection and privacy laws do exactly that."