27 June 2011
The Privacy Commissioner is proposing substantial changes to credit reporting law that will introduce more comprehensive reporting of individual New Zealanders' credit history. The changes will also introduce suppression of credit reports for victims of identity fraud and make other changes. Today marked the closing date for public submissions on the proposal. There has been strong interest from the public and business with over 60 submissions received.
The Commissioner will hold public hearings for submitters on the proposed amendment. News media are welcome to attend.
Opening day of public hearings: Auckland, Wednesday 13 July 2011
When: 9am - 5pm, 13 July 2011
Where: Pioneer Women's Hall, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland (see map).
Key industry players are expected to give evidence on the opening day.
Additional sessions, also open to the news media and public, will be held on 14 July in Auckland and 19 July in Wellington (details available on request).
News media are invited to register
Anyone, including the news media, is welcome to turn up on the day. However, reporters planning to attend are encouraged to register with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to assist with arrangements. Registration will help the Office to ensure there is sufficient seating for media who attend and copies of written submissions and other information.
For more information and to register, please contact Linda Williams on 09 302 8680 or at Linda.Williams@privacy.org.nz.
Proposed Amendment No 5 to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code
Copies of the proposed amendment, an information paper, FAQs and an earlier media release are all available at http://privacy.org.nz/credit-reporting-privacy-code-amendment-no/ with various other resources.