Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
Current version for 4 July 2014 to date (accessed 24 November 2014 at 11:01)
Part 6Division 1

Division 1 Protections

113   Protection in respect of actions for defamation or breach of confidence

(1)  If government information is disclosed pursuant to a decision under this Act, and the person by whom the decision is made believes in good faith, when making the decision, that this Act permits or requires the decision to be made:
(a)  no action for defamation or breach of confidence lies against the Crown, an agency or an officer of an agency by reason of the making of the decision or the disclosure of information, and
(b)  no action for defamation or breach of confidence in respect of any publication involved in, or resulting from, the disclosure of information lies against the author of a record containing the information or any other person by reason of the author or other person having supplied the record to an agency.
(2)  Neither the giving of access to information pursuant to a decision under this Act nor the making of such a decision constitutes, for the purposes of the law relating to defamation or breach of confidence, an authorisation or approval of the publication of a record containing the information or its contents by the person to whom the information is disclosed.

114   Protection in respect of certain criminal actions

If government information is disclosed pursuant to a decision under this Act, and the person by whom the decision is made believes in good faith, when making the decision, that this Act permits or requires the decision to be made, neither the person by whom the decision is made nor any other person concerned in disclosing the information is guilty of an offence merely because of the making of the decision or the disclosing of information.

115   Personal liability

No matter or thing done by an agency or officer of an agency, or by any person acting under the direction of an agency or officer of an agency, if the matter or thing was done in good faith for the purposes of executing this Act, subjects the officer or person so acting, personally to any action, liability, claim or demand.
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