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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  NZ PrivCmr 7: Woman complains after employer's insurer asks for her age
Case note 274491  NZ PrivCmr 8: Man says bank unfairly disclosed his name to debt collector
Case note 275234  NZ PrivCmr 9: Man objects to urine test process
Case note 270745  NZ PrivCmr 10: Medical centre changes processes after sensitive disclosure
Case note 274816  NZ PrivCmr 11: Man seeks information from application process
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