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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.

Our latest blog posts:

Nurses data breach: what happened and how to get help
Nurses data breach: what happened and how to get help
 
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 2 November 2016

If you’re one of the thousands of New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members whose names and email addresses were accidentally disclosed to a criminal third party, you might be wondering what you can do about it. The first thing you need to do is to try and understand what happened and what the risks are to you.

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Woman says Police unfairly disclosed information to her employer
Woman says Police unfairly disclosed information to her employer
 
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 2 November 2016

As a result of a complaint, Police began an investigation into a woman who worked at a district health board. The complaint alleged that she may have accessed DHB health records in order to locate children who had been the victims of crimes committed by her brother.

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How are patient privacy and e-health records working for community nurses?
How are patient privacy and e-health records working for community nurses?
 
Author Dr Léonie Walker, Dr Jill Clendon    Date published 7 November 2016

Personal health information in electronic health records is increasingly shared in many settings, across disciplines and health care organisations. In recognition of this, considerable work has been done at the highest professional levels around patient record access, data security and the privacy safeguards required of the new systems.

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A Commissioner abroad Part 2 - Marrakech
A Commissioner abroad Part 2 - Marrakech
 
Author John Edwards    Date published 8 November 2016

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners has been meeting each year since 1979. It has evolved into a reasonably structured format, governed by a five-member Executive Committee consisting of the current year’s host, the previous year’s host, and three elected members.

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Credit Reporting Privacy Code review: call for submissions
Credit Reporting Privacy Code review: call for submissions
 
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 8 November 2016

The Privacy Commissioner is currently reviewing the Credit Reporting Privacy Code. The principal focus of the review is the operation of the two amendments made to the Code made five years ago to allow positive credit reporting to be introduced into New Zealand.

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A Commissioner abroad Part 3 - a stop in Tunisia
A Commissioner abroad Part 3 - a stop in Tunisia
 
Author John Edwards    Date published 10 November 2016

It’s possible that you haven’t heard of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). However, it is likely that the ITU affects your life in some way. The ITU is the UN agency responsible for information and communication technology. One of their key functions is standard-setting. They set the technical standards that make it possible to send a text message to an overseas phone without having to get some kind of complex adaptor; they also help to assign satellite orbits so that you don’t get abrupt service interruption from two (or more) satellites crashing into one another.

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