The digital information generated about the average person on a daily basis now surpasses the amount of digital information individuals actively create about themselves. Agencies cannot avoid personal information; therefore they need to be able to design, recommend or install systems which manage personal information in a privacy protective way.
For a broader understanding of what privacy means for your organisation, check out our How to Comply section. We also prepare a number of guidelines to help businesses and government departments to comply with their privacy obligations in relation to emerging and existing technologies:
Privacy guidelines for emerging and existing technologies
Because of their small size, portable storage devices (PSDs) - like USB sticks - can be easily lost, misplaced or stolen. This guidance note is directed towards raising an awareness of the privacy risks associated with the use of PSDs in business and government.
Because CCTV captures images of people, which can be used, stored, manipulated and disseminated, those who operate the systems need to be aware of how to manage privacy issues. Good management of personal information is essential to the effective running of CCTV systems (including ensuring that they are cost-effective). These guidelines assist organisations of all sizes to manage CCTV systems in line with their legal obligations and good personal information handling practice.
Effective website privacy notices
Giving notice to website visitors about how your organisation collects and uses personal information is good practice. An effective approach to this task is to use a layered privacy notice, and we have recommended '10 Steps to develop a multilayered privacy notice' as a source of detailed information.
Privacy impact assessment handbook
Organisations frequently approach the Office of the Privacy Commissioner asking 'Will my project comply with the Privacy Act?' Sometimes this leads to the wider, and perhaps more valuable, questions:
This handbook provides the tools to help to answer these questions.
Technology and Privacy Forums
Invited speakers explain how technologies work, and we look at how problems with privacy can arise from their use. Forums are free, and we usually hold them in Auckland or Wellington.
For details of the next forum go to Technology and Privacy Forums.
For slides from some of our past events go to Previous T&P forum presentations.
Email email@example.com to find out more.