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Protecting trust and privacy in electronic health records

A new report by the Privacy Commissioner on three electronic shared care record (SCR) systems says they are well-managed projects that are appropriately mitigating privacy risks, but that continued attention to privacy is needed.

Global privacy sweep raises mobile app concerns

A global sweep of mobile apps has found nearly one third (31 percent) of all mobile apps raise concerns about the nature of permissions sought. One in three apps surveyed appeared to request access to information that exceeded their functionality.

$10 credit reporting fee limit takes effect

Credit reporters will no longer be able to charge more than $10 for consumers seeking their credit information. The change takes effect from 1 September 2014.

Getting privacy right in our data future – Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report. He says it makes an important contribution by recognising that the country needs to build the right data environment to maximise the business, social, cultural, education and health opportunities for New Zealanders.

$10 limit for charging for credit reports

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says there will now be an upper limit of $10 on the amount a credit reporter can charge a consumer for an immediate credit report. This amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code will take effect on 1 September 2014.

Making mobile app privacy your advantage

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.

Digital safety online - New Connect Smart Toolkit for SMEs

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.

Privacy watchdog to get more teeth

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.

Mobile apps under the spotlight – global survey

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.

New online toolkit to protect data, help prevent breaches

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.

New Zealanders more concerned about privacy

Half of all New Zealanders (50%) report becoming ‘more concerned’ about privacy issues over the last few years, a new survey by the Privacy Commissioner shows.

New Zealanders smarter about social networking

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.

Speaker line-up for the 2014 Privacy Forum

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.

Heartbleed advisory note

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.

NBR's Ask Me Anything

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards featured in NBR's Ask Me Anything feature on 7 March 2014.

Children need to be wise owls when it comes to the internet

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.