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Global privacy sweep raises mobile app concerns

A global sweep of mobile apps has found nearly one third (31 percent) of all mobile apps raise concerns about the nature of permissions sought. One in three apps surveyed appeared to request access to information that exceeded their functionality.

Website privacy notice

We've made some changes to our privacy statement. We think you should know that we use cookies where they are required for particular features to work and we are also employing a web analytics service called Piwik Pro. Find out more about what this means for your privacy when you visit our website.

Privacy Commissioner's proposed ‘Naming Policy’ change

The Privacy Commissioner intends to adopt the new policy to guide the Office's practice in naming agencies to give effect to the purposes of the Privacy Act 1993. The change is scheduled to take effect on 1 November 2014. In the meantime, the Commissioner welcomes submissions from the public to improve the proposed policy.

Trade Me Government & Regulatory Seminar

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards spoke at a Trade Me Government & Regulatory Seminar about his vision for his office and his current priorities. The presentation was in Wellington on 15 August 2014.

Getting privacy right in our data future – Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report. He says it is an important contribution by recognising that the country needs to build the right data environment to maximise the business, social, cultural, education and health opportunities for New Zealanders.

Privacy Commissioner's Marketing Law Conference presentation

What might our weekly grocery shop say about us - our budgeting choices, income strata, gender, household size, and our food and drink choices? Read more in Privacy Commissioner John Edwards' presentation to the Marketing Law Conference in Auckland on 24 July 2014.

Private Word Issue 89, June 2014

The new edition of our Private Word newsletter is now out. It includes items about our new blog, Privacy Act reform, this year's Privacy Forum, our latest UMR survey, the Data Safety Toolkit; proposed changes to the credit reporting code and a bigger online privacy law library.