Our website uses cookies to give you the best experience and for us to analyse our site usage. If you continue to use our site, we will take it you are OK about this. Click on More for information about the cookies on our site and what you can do to opt out.

We respect your Do Not Track preference.

Show items from between:

Latest in Speeches and presentations

Displaying 161 - 173 of 173

Data Mining and Fair Information Practices - Good Business Sense

'Much of the stuff you find is nonsense, but because it comes off the computer it has the mark of being credible.'

It is sometimes suggested that the Privacy Act imposes unnecessary constraints on businesses. In particular, shortly after the introduction of the Act, businesses working with people's personal information - credit bureaux and direct marketers - were concerned about the impact of the Privacy Act on their ability to carry on business on a day to day basis.

Immunisation: The Privacy Implications

Address by the Privacy Commissioner to the National Immunisation Co-ordinator Conference

22 May 1998


I have been asked to speak on the privacy implications of immunisation programmes. As with any public health initiative, the success of an immunisation programme depends to some extent on the sharing of information between health agencies.

This can be seen to some extent in your own functions. I understand that immunisation co-ordinators have be...

Medical Record Databases. Just What you Need?

A Survey of Practice and Plans in New Zealand for the Collation and Retention of Health records about identifiable individuals, with Particular Reference to the Implications for privacy Arising from the Increased Use of National Health Index Numbers

Prepared for the Privacy Commissioner by Robert Stevens, Barrister, Auckland April 1998

There are currently several new or developing initiatives in New Zealand in the collection, collation or interconne...

Centralised Databases : People, Privacy and Planning

A paper presented by the Privacy Commissioner to the New Zealand - Australia Health IT Directors Meeting

Health Information Privacy Code

At an early stage after my appointment as Privacy Commissioner, and before the Privacy Act was passed, it became clear that the health sector would place a significant demand on my time. Following a series of discussions with the Department of Health, I concluded that the health sector was suited to a code of practice. This was particularly i...

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...

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....

The Electronic Consumer

Understanding Privacy and Use of Information in Electronic Commerce

Address by Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane

New Zealanders lead the world in trying out new types of technology. There are more EFTPOS machines per head in our population than anywhere else in the world. We are connecting to the Internet faster than most other countries. It seems as though we are far too interested to try out the technology to fear it. Perhaps, dare I say, a small influence...

Health Information Privacy: Confronting the Issues

Address by the Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane, to the IIR Medico-Legal Conference

Today, I want to discuss with you and contrast my opinion in the Pugmire case and a recent decision of the Medical Practitioners' Disciplinary Committee. The MPDC decision found that a medical practitioner's actions in giving an opinion on a patient's suitability to have a firearms licence was unbecoming conduct.

I will also discuss some other matters I have encountered in health sector complain...

The New Privacy Laws: Exemptions and Exceptions to Privacy

Paper prepared for The New Privacy Laws: A Symposium on Preparing Privacy Laws for the 21st Century
Sydney, 19 February 1997


It is timely that we should examine the 'new privacy laws' and address the exciting topic of 'preparing privacy laws for the 21st century'. Australia at Federal level is poised to embark on legislating for privacy protection the private sector. Victoria and New South Wales are also designing privacy laws at State level. Further afield Can...

Principles In Practice: Privacy Act Challenges For Lawyers

New Zealand Law Conference
12 April 1996

What makes the Privacy Act different?
A principled piece of legislation
Act's international origins
First comprehensive privacy law
Emphasis on informal resolution of complaints
Seamless application
So it's different
Does a new type of Act require a new type of interpretation?
Lawyers' role in compliance advice
Lawyers' own practices and the Privacy Act

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.'