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Archive for February, 2013

Corrections corrected again

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Let’s admit it up front: running a prison must be a shit of a job. The inmates hardly have a good track record of playing nice or following rules.
For all that, it’s a bad look when our Department of Corrections itself disobeys the law. Which it seems to do routinely. A few years back it […]

Bad Target practice

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Don’t like a decision of the Broadcasting Standards Authority? Well, just ignore it. That’s what the consumer TV programme Target seems to have done.
Back in 2007, the BSA made it clear that Target is invading trade workers’ privacy when it invites them into its mock home for its hidden camera trials. That doesn’t mean it […]

Are host ISPs liable for bloggers’ defamation?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The answer now appears to be: “yes, after they’ve been notified”.
The English CA has just delivered judgment in the appeal against Eady J’s decision in Tamiz v Google. In that case, Eady J had continued a movement away from what seemed to be the first-principles position: that ISPs hosting blogs are publishers at common law, […]

A media website complaints system arrives

Friday, February 15th, 2013

OMSA - the Online Media Standards Authority - is being launched soon. It already has a website, and a code of standards. Looks like it will be operative on, hmmm, April 1.
This is a self-regulation effort by all our major broadcasters, who are looking to fill a gaping chasm in the media regulatory landscape: the content […]

Parting the clouds

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Befogged by this cloud computing stuff? The Privacy Commissioner offers some advice.

Speaking of irresponsible statements by NZ First MPs…

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In this Campbell Live interview about Richard Prosser’s idiotic column, NZ First leader Winston says this (denying that NZ has a successful multicultural society):
Right now, we have a review commission going on about a Constitution to make the Treaty of Waitangi the cornerstone of our future Constitution.
This is - how shall I put this? - […]

Heal thyself

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Responding to his MP Richard Prosser’s¬†Investigate column about banning all Muslims from airplanes, did Winston Peters really say this?
I’ve told him he cannot have a view that doesn’t have the balance in the other side of the argument.
Where on earth does that come from? This was an opinion column. By a politician. Neither require balance. […]