- Censorship Compliance
- How to Make a Complaint
- Amendment Act 2005
- Censorship and the Internet
- Child Safety Online
- Internet and Website Filter (known as the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System)
- What is 'Objectionable'?
- How to Review Internet Activity
- ISPs and Internet Safety
- Anti-Virus and Family Protection Software
- Film and Video Classification
- Press Releases
- Useful Links
- How to Contact Us
Services › Censorship Compliance › Censorship and the Internet
Censorship and the InternetThe Internet is a fantastic means of communication and source of information. Never before has global communication been so easy and so beneficial.
Medical staff can discuss the latest operating methods with colleagues on the other side of the world, students have several libraries of information at their fingertips and shoppers can purchase exotic goods without ever leaving home.
There is however, a small minority of people who use the Internet for harmful illegal activities, in particular those individuals who trade and distribute objectionable material. If a publication is categorised as ‘objectionable’ it is automatically banned by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.
The Department of Internal Affairs’ inspectors undertake the role of investigating New Zealand Internet websites and newsgroups and enforcing censorship legislation. We take a proactive role to prosecute New Zealanders who trade objectionable material via the Internet.
- Censorship and the Internet - Information Brochure (PDF, 167K)*
Appropriate Use of the InternetEvery business, school and university can implement a Code of Conduct or Acceptable Use Policy to clearly set out what is considered appropriate use of the Internet.
All people who have Internet access through an organisation should be made aware of their responsibilities while on the Internet.
Having a Code of Conduct will not protect you from prosecution action so organisations should always consider getting their own legal advice. Note section 138 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act – Liability of employers.
Glossary of Internet Jargon
VirusMalicious programme designed to damage data; usually spread via infested e-mail attachments.
TrojanMalicious software disguised as harmless programme. One of the most common net security threats, it hides in the background and can trigger programmes to run that steal personal information or details stored on that computer for instance.
FirewallSoftware to protect computers against hackers.
KeyloggingSoftware/hardware to track keystrokes on a computer to gather passwords, credit card numbers etc.
PhishingFraudulent e-mails and pop-ups to fool you into revealing personal information for criminal gain. The most common phishing scam is one used to con people into handing over bank account details online.
Rogue diallerSoftware that installs itself on computers and changes settings to dial a premium rate number instead of usual dial-up account.
SpamUnsolicited e-mails, often offering products or services in which you have no interest.
SpywareSmall programmes that secretly monitor sites visited, potentially violating privacy and slowing computers.
*You need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view our files. If you are unable to open the files we recommend you get the latest version of Adobe Reader. You can download and install Acrobat Reader for free from the Adobe website.