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Privacy advocate Sir Bruce Slane dies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/01/2017

Sir Bruce Slane, New Zealand's first privacy commissioner, has died.

Current Privacy Commissioner John Edwards tweeted the news on Saturday, saying Sir Bruce was a great and compassionate New Zealander, a mentor and a trailblazer.

United Future leader Peter Dunne tweeted Sir Bruce was the father of New Zealand privacy law and practice.

Sir Bruce was a partner in Cairns Slane from 1957 to 1992, chairing the Broadcasting Tribunal part-time for 12 years.

He was elected president of the Auckland District Law Society in 1978 and was President of the New Zealand Law Society from 1982 to 1985.

In 1992 he was appointed the first privacy commissioner.

When he left the role ten years later Labour cabinet minister Lianne Dalziel said his achievements were significant including establishment of the office to the development of various codes of practice.

He advised successive governments on legislative and policy proposals, provided regular and frequent education sessions all over the country, and was a calming influence in an area that can be fraught due to the interests of the media, she said.

He worked hard to make New Zealanders aware that they have a right to privacy, that privacy is an important right and that it will be protected.

He was made a CBE for services to the law and was knighted for services to personal and human rights.

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