My criminal record
Criminal record information is classed as 'sensitive information' in the Privacy Act. Sensitive information is a subset of personal information which is given additional protections.
Criminal records may also be covered by the Spent convictions scheme. This scheme allows people with old minor convictions not to disclose information about them in some circumstances after a certain period of time. The scheme also provides protection against that information being used and disclosed in an unauthorised way.
The Privacy Commissioner has the power to investigate breaches of the spent convictions scheme. To find out more about making a privacy complaint, see Complaints.