Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.
Wellington office temporarily closed
On the advice of New Zealand Civil Defence, our Wellington office is temporarily closed. As a result of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which hit New Zealand in the early hours of Monday, 14 November 2016, Civil Defence recommended that all office buildings in the Wellington central business district should be inspected for damage first. This process is continuing.
In the meantime, our Wellington office remains closed until the building has been cleared as safe.
Our Auckland office remains fully operational.
If you have a question about privacy, you will find the answers to the most commonly asked privacy questions on our AskUs knowledge base. You can also contact us using our enquiry form.
Quake messages from international colleagues
We’ve received messages of support from international privacy and data protection colleagues in Europe and Japan. The messages - from Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor – express solidarity with all New Zealanders affected by the Kaikoura earthquakes and the hope that Office of the Privacy Commissioner staff and their families are confirmed safe.
Privacy Commissioner to visit New Plymouth
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will be in New Plymouth on Friday 18 November to discuss privacy issues at a public forum hosted by Taranaki Community Law Centre. He will also give presentations at the Taranaki District Law Society and the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. If you are in New Plymouth or nearby and want to attend the public forum, the details are available here. There are also places for people to attend the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce event. The Privacy Commissioner makes regular visits to the regions to meet people, discuss our work and find out how we can help. You can find out more about our regional outreach programme here.
Address to the International Telecommunications Union
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards recently gave a keynote address to the International Telecommunications Union at the World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly in Hammamet, Tunisia. Mr Edwards was invited to speak in his capacity as the Chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. You can read his address here.
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