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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy Commissioner recommends data portability and fines up to $1 million

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has recommended to Government, as part of its plans to reform the Privacy Act, that the penalty for a serious breach of personal information could be a fine of up to $1 million.

The recommendation is one of six in the Privacy Commissioner’s latest report on the current operability of the Privacy Act, tabled in Parliament last week. This report coincides with the Government’s stated intention to reform the Act.

The report can be viewed here.

Privacy Commissioner updates TIPC to make emergency response times faster

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has amended the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code (TIPC) to help emergency services gather emergency caller location information. The new system will help emergency services respond more quickly by providing them with information about a caller’s location.

This amendment followed a public submission process. More information about the TIPC and the amendment can be found here.

Privacy Week on 8-13 May 2017

We’re making plans for Privacy Week! We hope to announce our Privacy Week events and new online privacy resources in the weeks ahead. If you have a Privacy Week idea, contact our office and share it with us so we can support your efforts. Privacy Week is on 8-13 May. You can email us. 

Our latest blog posts

Providing an adequate level of data protection: an ongoing process
Providing an adequate level of data protection: an ongoing process
 
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 27 January 2017

The New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 was formally recognised by the European Commission (EC) in 2012 as meeting European legal standards of data protection thereby facilitating the free flow of personal data from EU countries to New Zealand for processing.

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A wake up call for businesses: the Privacy Commissioner's 'naming policy' in action
A wake up call for businesses: the Privacy Commissioner's 'naming policy' in action
 
Author Katrine Evans    Date published 30 January 2017

Guest post by Katrine Evans, Senior Associate at Hayman Lawyers. Originally published on Linkedin Pulse. 

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Tribunal awards partial costs to Police in privacy case
Tribunal awards partial costs to Police in privacy case
 
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 31 January 2017

You can act for yourself in the Human Rights Review Tribunal but the way you conduct your case could lead to you having to pay the costs of the other side.

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Concession travel and privacy in NSW
Concession travel and privacy in NSW
 
Author Nicole Walker    Date published 1 February 2017

Many people in New Zealand - such as students and the elderly - use a concession that gives them a free or subsidised fare on public transport. In order to assess whether someone is eligible for these concession cards, the transport provider collects personal information. This information includes things like student ID cards, tertiary student ID cards or other photo ID. 

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Is your back-to-school photo privacy proof?
Is your back-to-school photo privacy proof?
 
Author Nicola Clark    Date published 3 February 2017

As tots, tweens and teens head back to school after what has been a ‘somewhat ok’ summer, the annual ‘first day at school’ pics are flooding Facebook feeds around New Zealand. As young kiwis, sporting school uniforms and new backpacks with iPads in hand head off to school, a sigh of relief can be heard around the country from relieved parents.

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