Proposed law targeting offensive digital communications
The Labour opposition has welcomed a proposed new law targeting offensive digital communications.
But at the same time, it has warned against heavy-handed attempts at online regulation.
The New Zealand Law Commission has released a ministerial briefing paper recommending the new law.
It would deal with "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing" internet communication.
The commission says there is only limited protection in New Zealand against communications that cause mental distress.
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says cyber-bullying needs to be addressed, but legislators need to protect the spirit of a collaborative and open internet.