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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Police vetting report

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and the Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA), Judge Sir David Carruthers, have recommended the Government consider developing a formal statutory framework for the Police Vetting Service.

A just-published independent review of Police vetting by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and IPCA has identified a number of key ways this vital Police service can improve the consistency of the process, and decision-making. Read the Privacy Commissioner and IPCA’s joint report on police vetting and its recommendations here.

Data protection meetings in Europe and North Africa

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards attended three privacy and data protection-related events in the Northern hemisphere in the past couple of weeks. The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which New Zealand has chaired since 2014, had its 38th annual meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, in October. The Commissioner also attended a series of intelligence and security-related meetings in Bucharest, and addressed the International Telecommunications Union in Tunisia. Find out more in the Commissioner’s blog post here.

Our winning Priv-o-matic

We’re excited about being one of the big winners at the New Zealand Open Source Awards last week. Our open source tool, Priv-o-matic, designed with assistance from local technology company, Rabid, was a joint winner of the "People’s Choice" Award. If you don’t know about it, Priv-o-matic allows you to create a privacy statement for your business. You can try Priv-o-matic here, and read about it and the other winning entries at the NZ Open Source Awards held in Wellington on 25 October here.

Seeking an Investigating Officer

We have a vacancy available for an Investigating Officer in our Auckland office for a recent graduate, perhaps with one to two years' experience, who can bring enthusiasm and a passion to learn to the position. More information about the role is available here. Applications for the vacancy close at 9 am on Monday, 14 November, 2016.

Our latest blog posts:

Choose your referees wisely
Choose your referees wisely
 
Author Richard Stephen    Date published 20 October 2016

Applying for a job can be a nerve-wracking ordeal and, more likely than not, it ends in disappointment. It can be devastating to miss out on that dream job and not knowing why you missed out can be incredibly frustrating.

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A stellar week for privacy research
A stellar week for privacy research
 
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 25 October 2016

If you’re interested in privacy research, you might want to be in Auckland during the week of 12-16 December. So much is going on that the Privacy Commissioner has named it Privacy Research Week.

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Priv-o-matic wins NZ Open Source Award
Priv-o-matic wins NZ Open Source Award
 
Author Sam Grover    Date published 28 October 2016

It’s nice to be recognised, and this week we were pleased to win the People’s Choice Award from the NZ Open Source Awards.

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Commissioner abroad - the first of three posts
Commissioner abroad - the first of three posts
 
Author John Edwards    Date published 31 October 2016

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which New Zealand has chaired since 2014, had its 38th annual meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, in October, but more on that later.

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Gosh! Spying!
Gosh! Spying!
 
Author SR    Date published 1 November 2016

Your thoughts about our country’s security and intelligence agencies might fall into one of at least four broad categories. We’ve listed them as:

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