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Immigration NZ settles ‘wrong birth date’ case 

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the Director of Human Rights Proceedings have settled the case of a young Ethiopian man who immigrated to New Zealand but had inexact information about his birth date. The young man had asked INZ to correct his birth date information on two occasions. The agency had rejected his requests but it has recently acknowledged it breached principle 7 of the Privacy Act. The settlement terms are confidential. INZ has confirmed it is working on a policy for dealing with requests for personal information.  Read our blog

Electronic health records for all New Zealanders

The Ministry of Health recently announced its electronic health record strategy. The strategy aims for all New Zealanders to have an electronic health record by 2020. iappANZ is holding a half-day forum on 8 August for leaders in health, privacy and health technology, and patient advocacy. The An Electronic Health Record For Every New Zealander by 2020 - What Does This Really Mean Forum will be held in Wellington with a live video link to Auckland. Speakers include the Director General of Health, Chai Chuah, New Zealand Medical Association Chair, Dr Stephen Child, and OPC Senior Policy Adviser Sebastian Morgan-Lynch. It is free for iappANZ members ($99 for non-members). Register for Wellington here and for Auckland here.

Asian Privacy Scholars Network conference in Auckland

The Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference will be held at the University of Auckland on 13-14 December 2016. The conference theme is Global Privacy Standards: Evolution, divergence and surveillance. Speakers include the former Australian High Court judge, Michael Kirby, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, Professor Graham Greenleaf, Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekera, Professor Paul Roth, as well as other leading privacy experts from Japan, China, India, South Korea and Europe.

There will be sessions on privacy law in China and Japan, as well as other topics including technology and surveillance and emerging challenges to privacy protection. More information can be found here

Team Manager - Investigations and Disputes Resolution

We are looking for an experienced Team Manager to join our Auckland office and who can successfully mentor and lead a team in investigating and resolving complaints received about alleged breaches of privacy. We use dispute resolution to facilitate settlement wherever possible. You will be leading a team of three and ideally come from a legal background. Find out more here. You can download the job description here. The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 25 July.


Read our new case notes

We’ve prepared five new case notes from our complaints and investigations work. We hope they help illustrate some of the types of complaints we receive and how we work to resolve them.

Case note 274973 [2016] NZ PrivCmr 7: Woman complains after employer's insurer asks for her age

Case note 274491 [2016] NZ PrivCmr 8: Man says bank unfairly disclosed his name to debt collector

Case note 275234 [2016] NZ PrivCmr 9: Man objects to urine test process

Case note 270745 [2016] NZ PrivCmr 10: Medical centre changes processes after sensitive disclosure

Case note 274816 [2016] NZ PrivCmr 11: Man seeks information from application process


 Our latest blog posts 

OECD declaration on the digital economy
OECD declaration on the digital economy
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 30 June 2016

At the conclusion of a high level OECD Conference in Cancun, Mexico, last week, 41 countries adopted a Declaration on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity. This included 33 of the 34 OECD member countries, plus eight other countries.

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Haere mai ki te wiki o te Reo
Haere mai ki te wiki o te Reo
Author John Edwards    Date published 4 July 2016

It’s Māori Language Week and Matariki, and long past time for a post about Māori and privacy.

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Making stronger passwords
Making stronger passwords
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 5 July 2016

If ‘open sesame’ was a password, just remember how in the tale of Ali Baba it didn’t work out so well for the 40 thieves and their treasure trove. Consider then how well an easy-to-guess password will protect yours.

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Parents' right to know: Children's right to privacy
Parents' right to know: Children's right to privacy
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 8 July 2016

As parents, we expect to be told everything about our infants when we take them to the doctor. The same with our toddlers. By the time they get to their teens, it gets a little more complicated. Should parents have the right to know about all about their under 16-year-old’s healthcare?

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