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New Zealand Supreme Court allows limited protection of ‘digital data’ as ‘property’

The New Zealand Supreme Court has this week made a small dent in the proposition, upheld by the Courts of Appeal in New Zealand and England last year, that digital data is not property for the purposes of the law.

The Supreme Court held digital data is property for the purposes of the criminal law.  But civil reliance on property rights will not suffice to protect electronic information – at least for now.

You can find the background and more detailed commentary in our Chapman Tripp Brief Counsel.