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ISO privacy standard development

Joanne Knight of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) will discuss how to get involved and influence International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard development in our Technology and  Privacy Forum on 6 October. She will explain how New Zealand is able to influence global standards to ensure they align with our approach to privacy, including:

  • The process for developing an ISO standard
  • Privacy standards that are currently under development
  • What needs to be done to become involved.

Joanne is a Senior Business Advisor in the Service Innovation unit of DIA. She was involved in the development of New Zealand's Evidence of Identity Standard and is currently the custodian of the Standard, responsible for its ongoing development.

The Technology and Privacy Forum is on at 12pm on Thursday 6 October 2016 at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Level 8, 109-111 Featherston St, Wellington. RSVP to

You can tune in by going to our Twitter feed, where you’ll find a Periscope link to the live stream at noon.  It will also be viewable later on YouTube.

Body-worn cameras in public services

Earlier this week, Professor William Webster gave a presentation on body-worn cameras used in public services in Britain - in policing, public safety and parking enforcement. If you were unable to attend the presentation on 19 September, you can view it on our YouTube channel here.

Prof Webster is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He has research expertise in the regulation and governance of CCTV, surveillance in everyday life, and privacy and surveillance ethics. He is a 2016 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor, hosted by Victoria University.

NetHui road trip in October

InternetNZ has announced a change to its annual NetHui format this year. It is being held as three one-day events during October across different centres - Nelson, South Auckland and Rotorua.

NetHui events are open and inclusive, and are suitable for anyone who wants to talk about the internet. Attendees could come from a range of sectors including business owners, education providers, regional start-ups and the general public. Registrations are only $25 for the whole day. If you would like to find out more, visit

Our latest blog posts:


Blind transparency
Blind transparency
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 13 September 2016

If you have other people’s personal information, it is your responsibility to keep it safe. There are many reasons why you need to keep that information secure. Here’s one recent example of how careless disclosure can put people at risk.

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Recording of phone calls at the doctor’s
Recording of phone calls at the doctor’s
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 20 September 2016

We are often asked if an employer can record the phone conversations in their workplace. A recent case before the Human Rights Review Tribunal put this question in sharp relief recently and serves as a good guide for employers. The answer is yes, but as you’ll see, conditions do apply.

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