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...