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Health Information Privacy Fact Sheet 1 : Overview

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

The code regulates how health agencies (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health insurers, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards) collect, hold, use and disclose health information about identifiable individuals.

Key concepts in the code

The two key concepts in the code are:

  • Purpose: Agencies must know why they are collecting health information and co...

Health Information Privacy Fact Sheet 2 : Collection of health information

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

The code regulates how health agencies (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health insurers, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards) collect, hold, use and disclose health information about identifiable individuals.

Key concepts in the code

The two key concepts in the code are:

  • Purpose: Agencies must know why they are collecting health information and co...

Health Information Privacy Fact Sheet 3 : Disclosure of health information - the basics

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

The code regulates how health agencies (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health insurers, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards) collect, hold, use and disclose health information about identifiable individuals.

Rule 11

Rule 11 of the code prohibits disclosure except where one or more of its exceptions apply. The rule is quite detailed, and this...

Health Information Privacy Fact Sheet 4 : Dealing with requests for health information

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

The code regulates how health agencies (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health insurers, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards) collect, hold, use and disclose health information about identifiable individuals.

Dealing with requests

Health agencies are often asked to disclose health information. The code always allows anonymised or statistical i...

Health Information Privacy Fact Sheet 5 : Storage, security, retention and disposal of health information

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

The code regulates how health agencies (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health insurers, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards) collect, hold, use and disclose health information about identifiable individuals.

Storage and security

One of the obligations that health agencies take on when they hold health information is to keep that information secure.

Rul...

PrivacyLive Forum presentations

Blockchain's promise for privacy - 27 February 2018 (Auckland)

Associate Professor Alex Sims of the University of Auckland discusses Blockchain’s Promise for Privacy at our first Auckland PrivacyLive forum.

'Some believe that blockchain technology signals the end of privacy. However, blockchain can be used to protect privacy. Indeed, blockchain promises to provide people with more control over their personal information than they currently have.'

Privacy and the proposed e-Govt scheme

Statement by Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff

The State Services Commission has today released the report of an independent privacy impact assessment on the proposed E-government identity authentication scheme. I welcome this development as demonstrating the Commission's commitment to openness and transparency in the development of this scheme.

Privacy Impact Assessment is a relatively new process being adopted increasingly by governments across the world to identify and add...

New guide gives practical help on workplace privacy issues

24 August 2008

Employers and employees facing difficult and potentially contentious workplace privacy issues can find useful guidance in a new book launched today by Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff.

The release of Privacy at work: a guide to the Privacy Act for employers and employees marks the beginning of Privacy Awareness Week (24-30 August).

“The book offers much needed guidance about applying...