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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy ABC 

We're thrilled to launch a new e-learning module: Privacy ABC. This is our shortest module yet, designed to give you a quick oversight of privacy in 30 minutes or less. Privacy ABC uses short stories to bring privacy concepts to life, so they'll be sure to stick in your brain! Check it out.

Intelligence and Security Act 2017: Privacy codes to be amended

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards is proposing to amend the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code 2003 and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code 2004, to align the privacy codes with changes set out in the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. Submissions close on 14 July.   View the information here.

OPC Policy Adviser vacancy 

Our office is looking for a Policy Adviser to play an essential role in the work of our Policy and Technology Team. Ideally, candidates will have:

  • Two to four years post-qualification experience within government, an NGO or the private sector;
  • Some experience of the policy development process;
  • A keen interest in technology and emerging technological issues; and
  • An interest in statistics or data science.

The closing date for this role is 19 June. More information can be found here.

One stop for data breach information

Data breaches happen often. Businesses and organisations can lose or leak personal information through complacency, inadequate security, poor procedures or rare accidents. We've created a new section on our website which is designed to be a comprehensive resource to help you and your business or organisation manage a data breach.

Our data matching section is now located under "Privacy for Agencies".


Our latest blog posts: 


Does your office blog?
Does your office blog?
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 31 May 2017

A few months ago, our office asked our international privacy and data protection watchdog colleagues to let us know if their office was using blogging as a communications tool. The results received have been mixed and modest.

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Breach Case 4: Testing with real data
Breach Case 4: Testing with real data
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 9 June 2017

Sometimes it seems a good idea to use real production data in a test environment. But doing so means security becomes even more important if you want to stop things going wrong.

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