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Privacy Week Forum

A Privacy Forum in Wellington on Wednesday 7 May will be the main event for Privacy Week 2014.

There is a full programme of speakers to discuss information sharing and data privacy, social networking and online behaviour, and managing information security and privacy. There will also be a session on security, surveillance and society.

The speakers include Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, GCSB director Ian Fletcher, NetSafe’s executive director Martin Cocker, Victoria University’s Prof Miriam Lips and Dr Val Hooper, Ernst & Young’s Ruth Russell, National Health IT Board director Graeme Osborne, and Waikato University’s Dr Ryan Ko.

The half-day forum costs $140 per person and will be at the Intercontinental Hotel, 2 Grey St, Wellington from 9am to 1pm on 7 May. The programme is available here.

To register to attend the forum and to find out more about Privacy Week, please click here.

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Other Privacy Week events

Other events in Privacy Week include the release of our latest survey results on attitudes to privacy and the launch of our online data safety toolkit. There is the latest Technology & Privacy Forum and we will be highlighting the OWLS resource for teaching children to be safe online. There will also be a new resource on mobile security that is being jointly presented by all Asia-Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA).

Privacy Week is on 4-10 May 2014 and it involves all APPA members - Australia (federal), New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, New Zealand, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Canada (federal) and British Columbia.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is a supporter and member of the international APPA network of privacy authorities. Click here for all APPA events and activities around the Asia-Pacific region during Privacy Week.

T&P forum with Symantec info-security expert

Australia has recently changed its privacy law and New Zealand is anticipating similar reforms to its own 20-year-old Privacy Act.

Against this backdrop of changes, David Shaw of Symantec will discuss the benefits of risk-based information security that takes into account technology, people, processes, and governance and assurance measures.

Mr Shaw is an Australian-based information security principal consultant focusing on the business implications of security, risk management, and enterprise security.

As a consultant, he has led and reviewed numerous information security projects, including enterprise security architecture, policy review and creation, incident response and escalation system creation, and Internet banking systems.

The Technology & Privacy forum is at the National Library in Wellington on 5 May at 12pm. Seating is limited to 80, so please RSVP early to attend by emailing forum@privacy.org.nz.

Our online data safety toolkit is coming!

Data breaches happen often. Agencies can lose or leak personal information through complacency, inadequate security, poor procedures or rare accidents. The ease of copying and transmission means the data breaches can range from the loss of one person’s information to hundreds of thousands of people’s.

It is vital to any organisation’s reputation and its relationship with the people who trust it with their information that it does everything it can to prevent a data breach from happening. But when a data breach occurs, it is important to do everything it can to minimise the harm that it might cause. Find out more from the Privacy Commissioner’s online data safety toolkit during Privacy Week.

Privacy Week in your workplace

While the Office of the Privacy Commissioner uses Privacy Week to organise and highlight emerging privacy issues in New Zealand, businesses and government agencies are increasingly getting involved and running their own events.

This is a great opportunity for you to make staff and clients aware of what you’re doing to put privacy at the heart of your business. Here are some ideas.

Send an email to all staff: Send it at the beginning of Privacy Week explaining the aims of the week and reminding people of their privacy responsibilities. If possible, have your chief executive or director distribute this email as a way of showing your organisation's commitment to good privacy practice.

Design a computer log-in screen: Prepare a log-in screen for your organisation's computers which contain messages reminding staff of the importance of privacy.

Publish an article on your intranet or newsletter: Consider publishing an article about the privacy challenges that your organisation and staff members face. How can these challenges be met? How does your organisation effectively address privacy challenges?

Hold an information or training session on privacy: This could be a detailed training session or perhaps just a simple information session outlining issues around collection or security of personal information.