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Is your back-to-school photo privacy proof? Nicola Clark
3 February 2017

back to school

As tots, tweens and teens head back to school after what has been a ‘somewhat ok’ summer, the annual ‘first day at school’ pics are flooding Facebook feeds around New Zealand. As young kiwis, sporting school uniforms and new backpacks with iPads in hand head off to school, a sigh of relief can be heard around the country from relieved parents.

Concession travel and privacy in NSW Nicole Walker
1 February 2017

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Many people in New Zealand - such as students and the elderly - use a concession that gives them a free or subsidised fare on public transport. In order to assess whether someone is eligible for these concession cards, the transport provider collects personal information. This information includes things like student ID cards, tertiary student ID cards or other photo ID. 

Tribunal awards partial costs to Police in privacy case Charles Mabbett
31 January 2017


You can act for yourself in the Human Rights Review Tribunal but the way you conduct your case could lead to you having to pay the costs of the other side.

A wake up call for businesses: the Privacy Commissioner's 'naming policy' in action Katrine Evans
30 January 2017

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Guest post by Katrine Evans, Senior Associate at Hayman Lawyers. Originally published on Linkedin Pulse. 

Providing an adequate level of data protection: an ongoing process Blair Stewart
27 January 2017

EU Flaggen

The New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 was formally recognised by the European Commission (EC) in 2012 as meeting European legal standards of data protection thereby facilitating the free flow of personal data from EU countries to New Zealand for processing.

Having access to security camera footage Charles Mabbett
24 January 2017

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Our first advisory opinion Sam Grover
20 January 2017

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Administering the Privacy Act is as much about telling people what they can do with personal information, as what they can’t. We’ve been coming up with new ways to help agencies understand what the Privacy Act does, and doesn’t do, in order to reduce uncertainty, and promote good practice.

Privacy Research Symposium 2016 Sam Grover
13 January 2017

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In 2015, we distributed our $70,000 Privacy Good Research Fund to four different projects, all of which focused on finding new evidence about an aspect of privacy. Last month, that fund came to fruition and we had our Privacy Research Symposium, a day where the recipients of the fund presented their findings.