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Case Note 0062 [1994] - Debt collection agency contacted complainant at work by telephone and then by facsimile

A complaint was made that a debt collection agency contacted the complainant at work by telephone and then by facsimile thereby disclosing personal information. The facsimile stated :

"Unpaid Accounts. Please contact us urgently."

The facsimile was in fact sent to the head office of the complainant's employer, rather than the branch location at which she worked.

Following discussions with this Office, the agency agreed to revise its practices in the use of facsimile messages...

Case Note 0051 [1994] - Solicitors disclosed income and expenditure information to complainant's wife

The complainant asked me to investigate the actions of a firm of solicitors in disclosing information to his wife consisting of statements of the complainant's income and expenditure.

This information had previously been disclosed in the course of a Court hearing. The complainant also alleged that his former spouse had in turn disclosed this information to the Inland Revenue Department.

The disclosure by the solicitors took place prior to 1 July 1993 when the Privacy Act came into...

Media Statement: Google's new privacy policies

'Google's aim of making their privacy policies simpler and clearer is a move in the right direction. We have encouraged Google to go down that track and have said how important it is for privacy policies to be readily understandable and as clear as possible. If these changes do that, then that is a good thing for Google users.

Google's plans for increased linkages in user identity data across Google products and services to provide a seamless user experience do raise concerns and it me...

Using the cloud

Can businesses be confident client and staff information will be safe if they switch to cloud services? We've developed a privacy checklist to help you.

On The Record health guide

On the Record is a ready reference and practical guide for managing common situations that people in the health sector face. It uses examples to illustrate how privacy law works and gives advice on developing policies. Our aim is that it will give practical advice that you can apply easily within your workplace.

However, On the Record cannot answer every question and it does not stand alone. It needs to be read alongside the rules in the He...

Privacy in Schools: A guide to the Privacy Act for principals, teachers and boards of trustees

This book is written by leading New Zealand privacy lawyer Kathryn Dalziel and published by the Privacy Commissioner. It gives practical advice to schools about how the Privacy Act works. It includes discussions and examples of each of the privacy principles and looks at other relevant legislation that may need to be applied first. For instance:

• Can schools use CCTV cameras?
• Should they put photos of students on their websites?
• Do school counsellors have to disclose info...

Top 10 tips

Be prepared. Be protected. Be privacy-aware. Here are our Top 10 tips for privacy.