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Making it compulsory to meet Daimhin Warner
20 August 2014


In trying to resolve a privacy dispute or complaint, the Privacy Commissioner has the power to make people attend a compulsory conference. This is a little known feature of the Privacy Act and it has been perhaps underutilised in the 21 years that the Act has been around.

No money, no problem Dana George
11 August 2014


As a general rule in New Zealand, if you go to Court and you lose, you’re going to have to foot the bill – and not just your own legal bill but a chunk of the other party’s costs too. 

Walters Prize artist with a privacy theme Blair Stewart
4 August 2014

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The four finalists for the biennial Walters Prize have been announced and one has a distinct privacy connection. The artists have had their works installed inside - and outside - the Auckland Art Gallery. But for readers primarily interested in privacy, there is really one must see work – the massive installation by Simon Denny entitled All you need is data - the DLD 2012 Conference REDUX.

Making apps that don't suck too much Charles Mabbett
1 August 2014

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Apps can be convenient and fun to use. It is a world of incredible choice but one that also sets off privacy alarm bells. When a New Zealand news media organisation upgraded its app for Android phones earlier this year, one person was concerned enough to contact us.

Gateway to a privacy law goldmine Blair Stewart
30 July 2014

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A gateway has been added from our website directly to the International Privacy Law Library (IPLL). If you haven’t heard about it, the online library contains the largest freely accessible and searchable collection of privacy law materials in the world and is a brilliant resource for anyone serious about privacy law.

RIP the postal acceptance rule Katrine Evans
25 July 2014


For those of you who, like me, fondly remember their contract law lectures on the postal acceptance rule, it’s time to update our notes. The law has caught up with the digital age.

Man loses job for not revealing his criminal history James Thomas
23 July 2014


A man applied for a pawnbroker’s licence. On his application he gave his work address. The rejection letter from the Ministry of Justice referred to historical criminal convictions which he hadn’t disclosed to his employer.

Confidentiality and the unpublished electoral roll Charles Mabbett
15 July 2014


Did you know that not everyone has to have their details published on the electoral roll? This makes sense if you and your family members could face a personal risk if your information was accessible to people who may want to cause you harm.