Letter to the Editor, Dominion, by Bruce Slane, Privacy Commissioner
AN ABRIGED VERSION OF THIS LETTER WAS PUBLISHED BY THE DOMINION ON 15 DECEMBER 1999. THE LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS WERE OMITTED.)
Your editorial 'Deter benefit fraudsters' (December 7) misrepresents my position in relation to the many information matching programmes at present being conducted under the Privacy Act. You accuse me of chafing against data matching, of possibly obscuring its importance or weakening publi...
Complaint by the Privacy Commissioner concerning requirements imposed by the Accident Insurance (Insurer Returns) Regulations 1999 relating to ethnicity information about identifiable individuals
Incorporating corrections made on 3 June
Pursuant to clause 198 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives I complain in relation to clause 9(e) of the Accident Insurance (Insurer Returns) Regulations 1999 as I believe it trespasses unduly on personal rights...
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.
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...
Letter to the Editor (The Dominion) by Elizabeth France, the Data Protection Registrar (Britain), published November 13, 1998
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...
Letter to the Editor (Dominion) from Lord Wakeham (Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, UK), published November 7, 1998.
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...
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 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.
'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...
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...