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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Review of credit reporting law

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has released a discussion paper inviting submissions on whether positive credit reporting, introduced in New Zealand five years ago, has been a success and whether the law is operating satisfactorily. Positive credit reporting displays more complete information about an individual’s credit commitments. Find out more here.

Privacy Commissioner monitoring Yahoo hack

The Privacy Commissioner is monitoring the Yahoo hack that compromised up to 500 million users’ accounts worldwide. The Yahoo hack included names, email addresses, and security questions and answers used to reset passwords and has affected some New Zealand Spark customers. There’s more information here.

Three upcoming privacy conferences in Auckland

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is marking 12-16 December 2016 as Privacy Research Week. During the week, there will be three privacy conferences in Auckland. The largest event is expected to be PST2016 - the 14th Annual Privacy Security and Trust Conference - at Unitec from 12-14 December. There’s also the Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference at the University of Auckland on 13-14 December. Thirdly, there’s the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s Privacy Research Symposium on 15 December at the University of Auckland. Find one that interests you or is most relevant to you.

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland in December.

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Privacy researchers to converge on Auckland
Privacy researchers to converge on Auckland
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 4 October 2016

Mark your calendars as Auckland will host three international privacy events in December.

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ACC withheld information from chiropractor about investigation
ACC withheld information from chiropractor about investigation
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 4 October 2016

A chiropractor being investigated by ACC made numerous requests for information about the investigation. When ACC withheld some of the information, he complained to the Privacy Commissioner, and then took his case to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

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