Privacy law reform is urgently needed to prevent New Zealand falling further behind international standards, says Privacy Commissioner John Edwards in his Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Justice released today.
The Privacy Commissioner is monitoring the news of Uber’s data breach that affected more than 50 million people around the world, including New Zealanders.
A couple claimed a vehicle repair service damaged their car engine and were then denied information about what happened to the car while it was at the service centre. The couple said information about the car was personal information and they should have access to it. They made a complaint to our office. Read our case note on the complaint.
A sample of New Zealand websites surveyed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has found similar shortcomings as overseas websites when it comes to informing users about how personal information is collected, stored and used.
The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 amended the Privacy Act, and these amendments have now come into force. The amendments, and related amendments to three privacy codes of practice, take effect from 28 September 2017.
The right of access to information is an important human right, necessary for the enjoyment of other human rights and we’ll be celebrating that right on Right to Know Day, 28 September 2017.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says he is very concerned about the findings of Justice Palmer that gang members were able to obtain the address of an informant from VTNZ.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has created two useful resources for te reo Māori speakers. See our te reo Māori brochures - O Mōhiohio Mauora and Me Mōhio Kiō Mōhiohio Whaiaro.
New amendments to three privacy codes of practice - the HIPC, TIPC and CRPC - have been issued in light of the reforms made by the Intelligence and Security Act 2017.
Earlier this year, blogger Martyn Bradbury made a complaint to our office about a request from Police for bank information. We investigated the complaint, and recently sent him our final view on the matter.