Case Note 209903 [2010] NZ PrivCmr 13: Man complained that Trade Me required his firearms licence number

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A man complained that when he placed a bid on an auction for a firearm on the Trade Me website he was required to enter his firearms licence number. He considered that it was unnecessary to provide this personal information to Trade Me and he was concerned about what would be done with it. Collection of personal informationPrinciple 1 of the Privacy Act provides that an agency must not collect personal information unless it is collected for a lawful purpose connected with a function or activity of the agency and the collection is necessary for that purpose. The Arms Act 1983 requires sellers of firearms to sight the buyer’s firearms licence before they sell the firearm. When selling by mail order, the seller must sight an endorsement signed by a member of the Police. Trade Me’s Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions stated that Trade Me needed to collect the…