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Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities meet in Mexico Joy Liddicoat
9 January 2017

46th appa forum

The 46th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA) was hosted by the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI), in Manzanillo, Mexico, from 30 November to 2 December 2016.

Sir Bruce Houlton Slane Charles Mabbett
8 January 2017

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Sir Bruce Houlton Slane KNZM, CBE, LLB practiced law in New Zealand for almost 50 years, including 11 years as the country’s first Privacy Commissioner.

Christmas, cameras and hams Richard Stephen
22 December 2016

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Around Christmas time, a woman and her friend went to a supermarket to look at hams. After looking at the prices, they left the supermarket without making a purchase.

Ashley Madison saga gets its enforcement postscript Charles Mabbett
20 December 2016

enforcement

The Ashley Madison data breach had its enforcement postscript this month, with the dating website’s parent company agreeing to settle with privacy authorities by paying $US1.6 million.

A new approach to information sharing - our Trusted Sharing Consultancy Service John Edwards
20 December 2016

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For 20 years, I practiced law offering, among other things, a specialty in “information and privacy law”. Clients would come to me and say “we are thinking about doing X; Is that allowed under the Privacy Act?” My response was almost always “don’t ask me if you can do X, ask me how can we do X”.

A design blueprint for privacy Riki Jamieson-Smyth
19 December 2016

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I was recently lucky enough to attend the Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference, hosted by the Business School at the University of Auckland.

Tribunal dismisses costs application despite litigant's conduct Charles Mabbett
8 December 2016

Voltaire

“I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.” Voltaire’s words encapsulate the sharp reality that it can cost a lot of money for cases to be heard and decided in a court of law – even if you are the successful party. A recent Human Rights Review Tribunal case, for example, cost ACC just over $33,000.

Social services need to understand Privacy Act better Jimmy McLauchlan
1 December 2016

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The consequences of not sharing information in the social services sector can lead to worsening family violence and child abuse cases, and more training in the Privacy Act is needed for those who work in the community frontline, are some of the new findings from research by Methodist Mission Southern.