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Viewing entries tagged with 'Human Rights Review Tribunal'

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.

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

costs

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.

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.

Employee browsing is a no-no Abigail Vink
25 November 2016

employee browsing

Have you ever been tempted to search your company’s database for information about your colleagues’ pay, promotions, employment disputes or performance?  Or perhaps you have access to client databases which contain juicy information about customers’ purchase history and financial situation? Humans are inherently curious beings, but be aware that browsing other people’s private information is against the law.

ACC withheld information from chiropractor about investigation Charles Mabbett
4 October 2016

ACC

A chiropractor being investigated by ACC made numerous requests for information about the investigation. When ACC withheld some of the information, he complained to the Privacy Commissioner, and then took his case to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Tribunal dismisses $100,000 damages claim Charles Mabbett
18 September 2015

bank

A complainant seeking $100,000 in damages for Westpac’s disclosure of a debit card statement to his employer has had his case dismissed by the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

The search for an accurate age Sam Grover
18 August 2015

Identity

What happens when an agency’s record of your identity conflicts with who you actually are? This is the question we grappled with in an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) case that we recently referred to the Director of Human Rights Proceedings.

$15,000 award shows need to follow workplace policy Charles Mabbett
17 August 2015

medical privacy

People have a right to access information about themselves. When workplace policies reinforce this right, it is risky to deviate from them. This was recently underlined in a Human Rights Review Tribunal decision to award a former Capital Coast DHB (CCDHB) nurse $15,000 for being denied information about a harassment complaint she made against her manager.