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Viewing entries posted in February 2017

How to say sorry Lynley Cahill
13 February 2017

sorry

Here at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, we have a statutory duty to use our best endeavours to resolve complaints. Many complaints are resolved when the respondent agency simply apologises to the complainant.

Centrelink hits trouble with information matching Charles Mabbett
10 February 2017

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The controversy embroiling Centrelink, the Australian government agency that provides welfare payments, shows no sign of abating as a public and political backlash continues over its apparent mishandling of a debt recovery programme.

Beware the phishers Charles Mabbett
9 February 2017

phishing

The salutation on the email simply said “Hi”. It arrived at 4.36am on a public holiday in the inbox of a public facing email address, and it appeared to have been sent from a personal email address belonging to the organisation’s chief executive.

Breach case 1: Name your documents clearly Neil Sanson
8 February 2017

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It is so easy to send the wrong attachment with an email, especially if the documents you are selecting to attach are not clearly and distinctly named. We see this type of breach fairly regularly so we thought we’d highlight it in this post.

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

public transport

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.