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Case Note 10668 [1997] NZPrivCmr 12 - Subscriber complains telephone company disclosed confidential listing

A subscriber to a telecommunications company requested a confidential listing. The telephone operator to whom she spoke did not correctly complete the service order relating to her request, so it was rejected by the computer system. The order was returned to the operator, who again filled it in incorrectly, and it was again rejected. It was finally completed in such a way that the subscriber's listing was included in the telephone directory. The subscriber was not contacted to clarify her pre...

Mandatory Disclosure Of Executive Remuneration

Report By The Privacy Commissioner To The Minister Of Justice On The Mandatory Disclosure Of Executive Remuneration Under Section 211 Of The Companies Act 1993

1. Introduction and key recommendation

1.1 The company law reform package which culminated in the Companies Act 1993 introduced a new requirement for companies to publish details in their annual reports of executive remuneration exceeding $100,000. That requirement has a detrimental effect on the privacy of some of the...

Privacy and Photo Libraries

Address by the Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane, to the Photo Library Association of New Zealand

I've been asked to talk today about how the Privacy Act impacts on photo libraries. I will not be able to answer all the specific queries you may have, but I can make some general comments and point you in the right direction. I do not know your business so it is dangerous for me to give you off the cuff opinions.

Some of my comments are more pertinent to photographers than photo li...

Case Note 7844 [1997] NZPrivCmr 8 - Man protests access charges too high

The complainant requested access to personal information held by a private sector company which had previously employed him. The company agreed to supply the information but requested a payment of $200 together with a photocopying charge of 30 cents per page ($336 in total).

I wrote to the company pointing out that s.35(2) of the Privacy Act prevents agencies from making a charge for processing an information privacy request including deciding whether or not the request was to be grante...

Case Note 7454 [1997] NZPrivCmr 7 - Patient complains mental health unit questioned third parties


The complainant was admitted to a mental health unit for assessment after his wife reported that she had concerns about his mental state.

Prior to his detention, mental health staff carried out an initial assessment of the complainant's state of mental health. In doing this, they approached a doctor, the complainant's former employer, and his minister for information about him. All had recently been in contact with the complainant.

The complainant alleged that b...

Privacy Rights and Wrongs

Address by the Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane, to the Waikato Justices of the Peace Association

I have been asked today to tell you about the Privacy Act - I have 45 minutes to do this. In this time I will tell you some of the advantages of the Act and the success stories. How it is about commonsense rather than silly interpretations, and how it promotes good business practice.

The Act is nearly four years old. July 1996 marked the commencement of full remedies under the Act....

Case Note 17375 [1997] NZPrivCmr 6 - Couple complain insurance company refused to disclose informant's identity

A husband and wife made a claim to an insurance company following a fire at their business premises. They later found out that two people had separately approached the insurance company and alleged the couple had deliberately lit the fire. The insurance company investigated the matter and discounted the allegations. The couple's claim was accepted by the company.

The couple requested access to the names of the informants under principle 6. The company refused to release the names becau...

Case Note 9392 [1997] NZPrivCmr 5 - Patient complains about delay in blood test results

A doctor ordered blood tests for a patient. The sample was sent to the laboratory of a Crown Health Enterprise (CHE) for testing. The results were returned to the patient's doctor. The patient contacted his doctor's practice but could not obtain the results immediately because the doctor was away.

The patient contacted the CHE which suggested he could ensure access to future results by asking his doctor to note on the request form that a copy of the results be sent to the patient as wel...

Case Note 9257 [1997] NZPrivCmr 4 - Job seeker complains about incorrect employment service file

A job-seeker was enrolled with the New Zealand Employment Service (NZES). At a 'Work Focus' interview she was asked whether she was receiving counselling. When she queried why this question was asked she was told her file indicated she had a problem with drug and alcohol abuse. She said that was incorrect, and at her request the comment was deleted.

The job-seeker alleged NZES had not taken steps to ensure the information on her file was accurate and this was a breach of information pri...

The Postal Services Bill

Report By The Privacy Commissioner To The Minister Of Justice On The Postal Services Bill

Private correspondence ...

'Private correspondence was the pride and joy of 14th century Italians. Exchanging letters with commercial information had been a tried and true technique of Italian business for a century or more. As the generations passed, these business letters increasingly became joined by purely private correspondence ... Among educated Italians letters were seized upon...