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Breach Case 7: Rubbishing privacy Neil Sanson
5 April 2018


A recent data breach incident provided an example of how your responsibility to protect personal information does not end when you put the rubbish out for collection.

Facebook: What this is really about John Edwards
3 April 2018


The following is the Privacy Commissioner’s response to a post by Facebook’s Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Stephen Deadman on the Commissioner’s finding that Facebook has failed to comply with its obligations under the New Zealand Privacy Act. For those who, like the Commissioner, have deleted or otherwise do not have access to Facebook, Mr Deadman’s post is pasted below.

Why I deleted Facebook John Edwards
3 April 2018

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I’ve been on Facebook for nearly 10 years. I wasn’t that keen on it at first, as I kept getting pestered by digital agriculturalists using the needy Farmville game.

Welcoming the Privacy Bill John Edwards
20 March 2018

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We are very excited about today’s introduction of a new Privacy Bill. The Bill will modernise the 25 year old Privacy Act and implement many of the changes recommended by the Law Commission in 2011.

Handling health information of intersex individuals Vanessa Blackwood
2 March 2018


The Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) recently approached our office for advice on an issue faced by many intersex people in New Zealand. ITANZ is part of an intersex advocacy movement and works to improve awareness, information, education and training about intersex people.

Privacy Act turns 25 Charles Mabbett
19 February 2018

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This year we mark a milestone in privacy law in New Zealand. On 5 May 1993, the Privacy Act was passed in Parliament with the complete support of the country’s political parties.

Advice for doctors when there’s a complaint Charles Mabbett
13 February 2018


If you work in a small practice or medical centre, there’s every chance you may not have received many requests for personal information from patients. The starting point is to know that the Privacy Act gives people the right to make a request for information that is about them.

Do you really need that information? Shaun Ritchie
7 February 2018


Knowledge is power – a cliché, sure, but for a reason. As an agency, the more you know about your clients, the more effective your service can be. It makes sense to gather as much information as possible about the people you interact with. So why wouldn’t you?