Netsafe has shared the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms for public feedback. The Code’s purpose is to create a safer experience for New Zealand internet users. Individuals and organisations will have until Wednesday, 2 February 2022 to review the Code and provide their input.

Read more about the Code and find out how to apply below.  

What is the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms about?

As announced in July, Netsafe has been leading the development of the Code. It brings industry together under a set of principles and commitments to provide a best practice self-regulatory framework designed to enhance the community’s safety and reduce harmful content online. 

This Code has been drafted with some of the biggest global tech companies and makes the safety of New  Zealand internet users of paramount importance. It is designed to achieve a balance of robust measures that also protects the privacy, freedom of expression and political communication people expect when they use digital services.

As more digital platforms seek to address harmful content, the Code will provide a blueprint for best practice. Many of the platforms are already working to address harmful content, disinformation and misinformation, this Code is intended to hold Signatories to account and provides a framework for greater transparency and oversight of those efforts in New Zealand.

Uniquely, the Code creates a role for an Administrator – Te Rangapu Whakatutuki – with powers to sanction Signatories should they fail to meet their commitments. It will also establish a complaints mechanism for the public and outline a requirement for regular review and evolution of the code – taking into account the views of a multi stakeholder group, including Māori representatives.

The announcement about the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms is available here.

 

Read the draft Code PDF

Where can you find a copy of the draft Code?

You can read the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms here or you can download a PDF version at this link.

Who has been involved in developing the draft Code?

The draft Code has been developed in consultation with a broad range of digital platforms including Meta (Facebook, Instagram), Microsoft, Google (YouTube), Twitter, TikTok, and Twitch alongside Netsafe.

The draft Code was socialised amongst stakeholders, including the Government, Māori cultural consultants, and civil society organisations ahead of the public feedback period so that their initial input could be considered. Consultation workshops will be held after the submission period closes. 

Has an Administrator of the Code been decided?

The Code will create a role for an Administrator Te Rangapu Whakatutuki – with powers to sanction Signatories. The Administrator of the Code has not been determined yet. 

How do you provide feedback?

Public feedback is now welcome in relation to the draft Aotearoa New Zealand Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms. To provide feedback, please email thecode@netsafe.org.nz with your submission.

The closing date for feedback is Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

What do you need to know before providing feedback?

If you are submitting feedback as an individual, please ensure you do not include personal details in your document. If you are an organisation, please provide a description of your organisation and your role within the organisation.

The other points to note include:

  • All feedback will be published on the Netsafe website in 2022
  • Submitters should not include contact details in the body of their feedback

If you have any questions please email thecode@netsafe.org.nz.

 

Download a PDF of the draft Code