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Review of Privacy Act Released

Rt Hon Doug Graham MP, Minister of Justice, today tabled in Parliament the Privacy Commissioner's report on the review of the operation of the Privacy Act. The report is the first review since the Act came into force.

Mr Slane said the comprehensive review had concluded that the Privacy Act was soundly based and worked well in practice. However, 154 recommendations had been made to improve the Act's effectiveness and reduce compliance costs.

'I consider the Act is firmly on the ri...

Protecting Personal Information on Public Registers

People should be given the right to have their names deleted from direct marketing lists, Privacy Commissioner Bruce Slane said today.

'We have a lot of complaints from people saying they have asked and asked to be taken off direct marketing lists, but it has not been done. While leading companies in the field will carry out these requests, others won't unless there is a law.'

Mr Slane said the report recommended that people should be able to require deletion of their names from s...

Warrants Proposed for Video Surveillance

Police should in future be required to obtain warrants for covert video surveillance, Privacy Commissioner Bruce Slane said today.

Mr Slane said that under New Zealand law it was an offence to intercept a private conversation between two other people. But it is not an offence not to videotape them without recording the sound.

'A video is a specifically intrusive device because it not only captures things in a general way. It also captures a lot of detail. Very often it will includ...

UK Data Protection Registrar Letter to the Dominion

Letter to the Editor (The Dominion) by Elizabeth France, the Data Protection Registrar (Britain), published November 13, 1998


Sir

I have seen a copy of the letter from Lord Wakeham, Chairman of the UK Press Complaints Commission, which you published on November 7.

The use of the term 'privacy laws' has caused confusion. A factual statement of the position in the UK will make things clear. I am confident that Lord Wakeham could only have intended to refer to laws specif...

Lord Wakeham letter to the Dominion

Letter to the Editor (Dominion) from Lord Wakeham (Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, UK), published November 7, 1998.

Sir

On October 31 you reported some remarks I had made about privacy laws during a speech to the Commonwealth Press Union in Kuala Lumpur. My speech was wide-ranging, and in it I expressed my firm belief that privacy laws damage democracy and do not work.

In questions after the speech, I was asked what I thought about the privacy law in New Zeala...

Response to Lord Wakeham's comment on the New Zealand Privacy Act

If he has been correctly reported, Lord Wakeham appears to be quite extraordinarily ignorant about the matters of which he was speaking. The report filed by Richard Long has Lord Wakeham implying that he persuaded the British government to abandon plans to enact a privacy law for the UK.

The fact is that the Data Protection Act 1998 was passed into British law a few months ago. It substantially augments the privacy law which Britain has had since 1984 - nine years before New Zealand bro...

Response re NZMJ article

Response to enquiry from Dominion on NZMJ article 'Medico-Legal Aspects of Managing Deliberate Self-Harm in the Emergency Department'

In the article two practising psychiatrists say the Privacy Act makes it difficult for them to tell the mother of a 24-year old woman patient that she (the patient) has attempted suicide and may well do so again. As it happens they are quite wrong about the law, and ignore the possibility of being open and up-front with their patients.

The Privacy A...

Proposed Amendments to the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 2

Statement by Bruce Slane, Privacy Commissioner, April 1998

I have given notice of my intention to amend the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 by :

  • applying the code to some further agencies;
  • removing reference to certain abolished agencies;
  • discontinuing provision for the Director-General of Health to issue notices
  • permitting re-assignment of the NHI number but continuing the effect of notices previously given;
  • amending rule 11(1) in re...

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...

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...