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Privacy Week 2017 begins on Monday 8 May 2017. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will be hosting lunchtime forums on a variety of topics, as well as releasing new tools and resources to help make privacy easy.


Seminars in Auckland and Wellington will cover: 

  • Privacy in broadcasting – with Broadcasting Standards Authority Chief Executive Belinda Moffatt and legal manager Patricia Windle.
  • Privacy in employment – with Susan Hornsby-Geluk and Blair Scotland, Partners at Dundas Street Employment Lawyers.
  • Online privacy – with InternetNZ and Netsafe
  • Privacy and big data - with Dame Diane Robertson, Chair of the Data Futures Partnership.

More details about these events are available on this page.

Most of these events will be livestreamed on Periscope. Follow us on Twitter to watch the events.

Tools and resources

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is also marking the week by releasing a variety of new tools, resources and publications. These include:

  • A new e-learning module on employment and privacy
  • Privacy ABC: a short, scenario-driven module that teaches privacy basics in 30 minutes or less
  • Posters with rhyming privacy messages
  • A general privacy brochure that gives an overview of your privacy rights and obligations
  • A privacy quiz to test your knowledge during the week
  • Health on the Road: advice for healthcare workers taking patient information into the community.

Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Agencies getting involved

Lots of agencies will be participating. Here are just a few we’ve heard from:

  • Auckland Council
  • Air New Zealand
  • Connect Smart
  • Customs
  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals, Australia and NZ (IAPPANZ)
  • Information Governance ANZ
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • ACC
  • MSD
  • Mercy Hospital, Dunedin
  • Ministry of Education
  • Department of Corrections
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand


Background note:

The Privacy Commissioner marks Privacy Week each year to promote privacy awareness and to inform people of their privacy rights. Privacy Week helps educate businesses, organisations and agencies of their responsibilities and obligations with personal information.

Privacy Week is in conjunction with Privacy Awareness Week, which is held by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) network. Here's where you can find out more about APPA and Privacy Awareness Week. http://www.appaforum.org/paw/

For further information, contact Sam Grover, 021 959 050