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Privacy News - 22 February 2017

Privacy News is the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's fortnightly newsletter. The 22 February 2017 edition is available here.

Case Note 253397 [2017] NZ PrivCmr 2 - Student executive discloses letter about colleague's job performance

A university student union’s president (the complainant) was given a written warning for neglecting to meet a number of her job’s key performance indicators. The warning was delivered in a formal letter from the vice president on behalf of the student union executive.

Soon after, excerpts from the letter were published in a university magazine as part of a story about dysfunction in the student union.

The student union president wrote to complain to us about the magazine tha...

Privacy News - 10 February 2017

Privacy News is the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's fortnightly newsletter. The 10 February 2017 edition is available here.

Privacy Commissioner recommends data portability, brakes on data re-identification and fines up to $1 million

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has recommended to Government, as part of its plans to reform the Privacy Act, that the penalty for a serious breach of personal information could be a fine of up to $1 million.

If adopted, the Privacy Commissioner would be able to apply to the High Court for a civil penalty of up to $100,000 for individuals and up to $1 million for public and private sector organisations, for serious breaches (as is the case in Australia).

The recommendation is...

Privacy Commissioner updates code of practice to allow faster emergency response

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has amended the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code (TIPC) to allow a state of the art system to gather and share automated mobile emergency caller location information. The system will help emergency services to respond more quickly by providing them with information about a caller’s location.

“In the last year, the Police recorded over 1,800 incidents in which they had to make a special request to a network operator for information about...