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Privacy Week with Netsafe and InternetNZ

We can confirm a 5th PrivacyLive forum during Privacy Week (8-12 May). The lunchtime forum, in partnership with InternetNZ and Netsafe, is on 9 May 2017 and will be held at InternetNZ in Wellington.

We'll be hearing from Netsafe education adviser Angela Webster on her research into pre-teens and privacy. InternetNZ's issues manager Ben Creet will discuss direct messaging apps and which popular apps offer the best privacy protections.

The forum will be chaired by InternetNZ chief executive, Jordan Carter, and streamed live on Periscope. Register here to attend this free event.

More PrivacyLive forums in Privacy Week

During Privacy Week 2017, we'll be featuring expert speakers and exploring privacy in employment, on the internet, and in broadcasting, and hearing from the Data Futures Partnership in our free PrivacyLive speaker series. We will be live streaming and you'll also be able to view each event on demand on our YouTube channel. Find out more and register to attend:

Privacy in Broadcasting (8 May in Wellington) with the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Register here to attend.

Privacy in Employment (8 May in Wellington) with Susan Hornsby-Geluk. Register here to attend.

Driving Trusted Data Use with the Data Future Partnership. To attend the Auckland event (11 May), register here. To attend the Wellington event (12 May), register here.

Seminar on damages for privacy breaches

Come and hear Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekara and Niveet Singh discuss the recent trend of larger damages being awarded by the Human Rights Review Tribunal for breaches of the Privacy Act. The University of Auckland is holding a Privacy Week seminar, "Upping the Ante: New Actors and the Consequences of Breaching the Privacy Act". This lunchtime event is on at 12pm at the University of Auckland Business School on 8 May. More information including details on how to RSVP is available here.

Privacy Week 8-12 May

We're currently finalising our Privacy Week posters and other resources, including a Privacy Week quiz for workplaces.

Privacy Week is an annual event held by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to celebrate the privacy rights of individuals and promote best practice in personal information handling. Keep in touch with our Privacy Week programme by visiting our Privacy Week page. 

Privacy Commissioner says MSD collection of client data is excessive

A Ministry of Social Development (MSD) policy requiring social service providers to disclose information about all their clients is excessive and inconsistent with the privacy principles, says Privacy Commissioner John Edwards.

The Privacy Commissioner's report, "Inquiry into MSD Collection of Client-Level Data from NGOs", examines the privacy impact of the funding contracts. Read the media release and view a copy of the Privacy Commissioner's report here.

Privacy Commissioner in news about MSD report

The Privacy Commissioner discussed his report on the MSD client data collection in several media interviews. You can hear what he had to say.


Our latest blog post: 

Breach case 3: Catches win matches
Breach case 3: Catches win matches
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 7 April 2017

A recent data breach provided an example of how it is sometimes possible to catch a breach as it is happening and avert potential harm.

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