Technology-based offences

Key statutes

  • Crimes Act 1961
  • Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
  • Search and Surveillance Act 2012

Key secondary legislation

  • Crimes Amendment Act (No. 4) 2011 Commencement Order 2013
  • Crimes Amendment Act 2005 Commencement Order 2017
  • Crimes (Interception Warrants) Regulations 2003

Information/links to recent or currently underway reviews

Search and Surveillance Act 2012 - a statutory review of the operation of the act was undertaken by the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice. The report was completed in 2017. The Ministry of Justice is progressing work to respond to the recommendations as resources allow.  

Law Commission: Search and Surveillance Act 2012(external link)

Forward work

Cabinet has agreed to progress New Zealand’s accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. The Ministry of Justice is leading this work alongside the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.