The Office of the Privacy Commissioner(external link) has commented on how relevant New Zealand privacy law applies to the use of UAS(external link).

The Office considers there are sufficient laws already in place in New Zealand to protect people’s privacy with regard to UAS. The Office has stated while UAS are a new and emerging technology, the threat they pose to privacy is consistent with the use of any camera (including mobile phones or automated CCTV systems).

The Offices’ CCTV guidelines(external link) apply to UAS fitted with cameras and provides guidance on how to comply with the Privacy Act. There are also other laws in New Zealand relevant to using UAS to film or record. For example, it is against the law to make covert intimate recordings of people without their consent or knowledge, and to publish them.