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2011 Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week was held from 1-7 May 2011.  As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2011, the Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff released a free privacy toolkit for health consumers. The toolkit includes brochures, fact sheets, case notes (summaries of actual privacy complaints), and an updated privacy reference guide – “On the Record”.   There’s also a version of the toolkit for health professionals inclu...

The Globe and the Cloud - Where is the Privacy Commissioner heading?

NZ Computer Society, Wellington Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, 17 March 2011

Introduction - Transformations

  • Very pleased to be here today. Lots of overlap between your work areas and the interests of privacy and data commissioners around the world.

  • Believe we can help you in your business - privacy is not an optional extra - it is now more a necessity, and a competitive advantage.

  • My work in the privacy...

2010 Forum Speakers' bios and presentation summaries

Marie Shroff
Marie Shroff was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in late 2003. Her responsibilities include independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues, providing opinions on privacy complaints made against government and business, monitoring government data matching and promoting good personal information handling practices in New Zealand.

From 1987-2003 Marie Shroff held the position of Secretary...

2010 Privacy Awareness Week and Privacy Forum

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 ge...

Protecting Biometric Data: Privacy By Design

2010 Biometrics Institute of New Zealand Conference

Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff
26 March 2010
Holiday Inn Hotel, Wellington

Good morning and thank you very much for the opportunity to speak to you today.
I remember that the last time I addressed this conference was one of my first speaking engagements in my then-new role of Privacy Commissioner, back in October 2004. Five and a half years has passed quickly, and I'm aware that you have been dealing with...

Twittering your rights away?

A lunchtime presentation by Katrine Evans, Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal and Policy), run by the Wellington Community Law Centre in conjunction with Wellington Central Library on 11 November 2009.

View the presentation.


Privacy Law in Evolution: Across the Pacific

Following are the outline notes of a speech the Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff, presented to the Banking Financial Services Law Association Conference held on the Gold Coast on 31 July 2009.

Why is privacy and personal information relevant in banking?

Example from real life: Customer single digit entry error - $20 charged by woman to wrong account. Man debited $20 complained - he was given woman's contact details by bank call centre operator and told to con...

Patient privacy - sharing information across systems

Policy Adviser (Health) Sebastian Morgan-Lynch spoke at the 2009 Quality Symposium, held by the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners on 14 February 2009, about the risks and benefits for health information management in primary care.

The presentation can be viewed in two parts on Youtube (external link).

View videos Part 1 and Part 2.

2009 Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week was held between 3 and 9 May 2009.

A variety of events were planned including a Chris Slane Privacy Cartoon Exhibition 'No Laughing Matter' in Auckland on 7 May.

TradeMe kindly ran a survey on its website during PAW "Who's using your information?" using creative banners based on the Facebook Friend cartoon.  Visitors to its website were asked three privacy-related questions.

View the Facebook Friend...

Privacy and information requests

"Privacy and information requests - the interrelationship between the Official Information Act and the Privacy Act" - a presentation by Katrine Evans, Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal), to the "Legal Issues for Crown Entities" conference held in Wellington 23/24 September 2008.

View the article.


Privacy - Are Good Intentions Enough?

Presentation by Katrine Evans, Assistant Commissioner (Legal), to the LexisNexis Education Law Conference held on 21 November 2007.

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Address by Assistant Commissioner, Policy, to ARANZ during Privacy Awareness Week 2008

Interrelationship between the Public Records Act & Privacy Act:

A Clash Between Good Information Practices and Fair Information Practices? Accountability for government, accountability to individuals

Blair Stewart(1)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner

1. Introduction

This week the Privacy Commissioner released the results of the 2008 UMR privacy survey on Individual Privacy and Personal Information(2). Particularly n...

Address by Privacy Commissioner during Privacy Awareness Week 2008

Auckland Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Rendezvous Hotel - Monday 25 August 2008 at 8.00 am


• Welcome, Kia ora tatou

• It gives me great pleasure to be launching our second privacy awareness week 2008 – with our Asia-Pacific partners, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and Macau. We will also launch the opinion survey results; and employment booklet.

• Thanks for getting out of bed early on this co...

2008 Privacy Awareness Week and Privacy Issues Forum

Privacy Awareness Week runs from 24-30 August 2008, with the theme "Privacy is your Business". Various events will be held during the week.

View the media release. 

During Privacy Awareness Week an international film competition for secondary school students was run with the theme "Privacy is your Business".  Students had to produce a short film about a privacy issue.  Prizes were awarded to the NZ winner and runner-up and to an overall in...

Identity Conference : Do you know who I am?

Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner was the keynote speaker at the Identity Conference 2008 held on 29-30 April at Te Papa, Wellington. She spoke on: 'Do you know who I am? Exploring identity and privacy'.

The Privacy Commissioner's keynote address at the Identity Conference 2008 held on 29-30 April in Wellington. For details see Identity Conference 2008

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