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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.

OWLS media advisory

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).

Lessons learned in EQC information shortcomings - report

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.

Privacy Commissioner appointment

The outgoing Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff today welcomed the announcement of John Edwards as her successor as Privacy Commissioner.

Websites need to improve privacy information: Privacy Commissioner

Websites and apps that collect people’s personal information could do much better in telling people that they are doing it, why they are doing it and how securely the information will be held, says Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff.

Ms Shroff was commenting on the results of the first Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Internet Privacy Sweep which took place earlier this year on May 6-12. The sweep or survey of websites and apps is an example of international privacy enforceme...

New Cloud Computing Code of Practice : statement

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff welcomed the latest release of the Code, saying: “It's important for consumers looking into cloud computing to understand and assess the risks involved and make sound judgments. By setting a standard for local cloud providers to follow, the code makes sure that participating providers will give the right information to consumers to help them make good decisions. This is a very positive initiative from the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) and I hope it w...