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Privacy Awareness Week runs from 2 to 8 May 2010.

During PAW, APPA produced a joint product, the ID theft online self-check tool.  People can see how exposed they are to identity theft with a new online interactive tool.   Users work through a series of questions covering a variety of topics, for instance how they handle information in their wallet, mailbox, or on their computer. They get a score indicating their exposure to the risk of ID theft. Each category has a simple list of tips that people can follow to protect themselves in the future.  

The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, including privacy offices in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and New Zealand, jointly developed the product. Originally developed in Norway, the ID-theft tool has been translated into English and modified to make it suitable for situations in the Pacific Rim.

View the poster, also produced for PAW. 

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner released the results from the 2010 UMR public opinion survey on privacy in New Zealand.  The survey included questions on social networking; where people go to find information about privacy; and attitudes to government and business use of personal information.

Also released were the results from our survey of government departments on their use and handling of portable storage devices (such as USBs and laptops). 

Privacy Forum "The Future of Privacy", Hotel Intercontinental, 5 May 2010

View the programme for the Privacy Forum.

View the speakers' presentations from our 2010 Privacy Forum: The future of privacy:

Robert Hesketh, Director of Human Rights Proceedings: The Office of Human Rights Proceedings and the Privacy Act 1993: A scenic flight

Paul Roth, Professor of Law, Otago University: Legal Update: Recent Privacy Act cases

View speakers' bios and presentation summaries.