Apps can gather large amounts of information about their users but apps often don’t explain clearly what information they collect. The Privacy Commissioner has released a new resource for businesses and app developers to help them understand their obligations under the Privacy Act.
Connect Smart week is about promoting cyber-safety awareness, and supported by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says the Connect Smart message is for people and organisations to improve their digital security and to protect personal information.
A strengthened and updated Privacy Act will give New Zealanders more power over their information and give the Privacy Commissioner better tools to deal with challenges posed by the digital information era, says Privacy Commissioner John Edwards.
The Privacy Commissioner’s Office will be participating in the second Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) mobile sweep next week, surveying commonly used New Zealand apps, as well as overseas apps.
The Privacy Commissioner has published an online Data Safety Toolkit to help organisations prevent and deal with data breaches. It includes real life case studies as well as tips from a data safety workshop where many of the participants had experienced dealing with a data breach.
The popularity of the biggest social networking platform in New Zealand continues to grow with 61 percent of New Zealanders surveyed saying they were on Facebook. But 54 percent say they do not feel in control of the way social networking services use and protect their information.
The Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, is proposing an amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code that would limit what credit reporters can charge individuals wanting immediate access to their credit information.
Check out the high quality line-up of speakers for our Privacy Forum during Privacy Week. The half-day forum is at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington on Wednesday, 7 May. The cost is $140 per person. Register now to avoid disappointment.
Researchers have discovered an internet vulnerability named Heartbleed. Until it is fixed, Heartbleed will make OpenSSL encrypted connections, which secure much of the internet’s information flows, insecure. New Zealand website owners should check their servers urgently and patch them if required.
A new resource to help teachers teach internet privacy issues to primary and intermediate school students was launched to coincide with Safer Internet Day. The online resource – named OWLS – is a joint project by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and NetSafe, in partnership with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.
OWLS is a new resource to help teachers teach internet privacy issues to primary and intermediate school students. Its launch in Wellington on 11 February coincides with Safer Internet Day (www.saferinternetday.org).
The Earthquake Commission has failed to comply with its Official Information Act and Privacy Act obligations to provide information to its Canterbury customers in a timely manner, a joint report by the Chief Ombudsman and the Privacy Commissioner has found.
“Events during the year have reinforced the need for tools to respond to the dynamic data environment that is developing across government and business,” said the Privacy Commissioner at the release of the 2013 Annual Report.