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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy Forum seats going fast

This is a significant year for privacy in New Zealand. Our 25-year-old Privacy Act is set to be replaced by new privacy legislation. What is likely to change with the new Privacy Act? What do organisations and businesses need to know? What does mandatory data breach notification mean?

These will be some of the main talking points at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's 2018 Privacy Forum at Te Papa in Wellington on Wednesday 9 May 2018. Other topics for discussion will be the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how algorithms affect our daily lives.

Come and hear some leading experts on privacy and data protection at the 2018 Privacy Forum which will be opened by the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little.

Don't delay in registering for this one-day only event. Seats are going fast!  

In addition, we are offering a discounted rate of $50 per person for community and social work NGOs and charitable organisations. There are 35 places for organisations that qualify for this rate. If you think your organisation qualifies, email us directly to go into a ballot for these discounted seats.

Submissions on Privacy Bill

Submissions can now be made to Parliament’s Justice Select Committee on the Privacy Bill. The Bill had its first reading on 10 April 2018. It repeals and replaces the Privacy Act 1993, as recommended by the Law Commission's 2011 review of the Act. Its key purpose is to promote people's confidence that their personal information is secure and will be treated properly. The closing date for submissions is 24 May 2018.  

Launching the Privacy Trust Mark

If you’ve been following our progress on creating a Privacy Trust Mark, the news is that we’re launching the Privacy Trust Mark during Privacy Week. A special launch event will be held at the close of the 2018 Privacy Forum on 9 May 2018.

The winning design was selected from entries to our Privacy Trust Mark Design Competition which ended in February. You’ll be able to see the winning design when we publish the Privacy Trust Mark on our website and post it to our social media channels, together with information on how organisations can apply for the Privacy Trust Mark for their products and services.  

Comprehensive credit reporting not fully delivering for New Zealanders

Six years after the law change permitting comprehensive credit reporting in New Zealand, the full benefits for individuals and communities are yet to be felt, according to a new report from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

“The privacy intrusion inherent in comprehensive credit reporting is justified only if it delivers public benefits to individuals, communities and the economy generally; it is not enough simply to contribute to the profits of lenders,” Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said.

The Privacy Commissioner’s Comprehensive Credit Reporting Six Years On report has been released following an 18 month review.

“We have not seen compelling evidence yet of the wider benefits that should flow from comprehensive credit reporting such as enhanced competition, risk-based credit offerings and a greater willingness of mainstream lenders to lend to previously underserved communities,” Mr Edwards said.

Find out more here.   

Privacy Unplugged with the Privacy Commissioner

What’s changing in privacy law in New Zealand? Is your data safe on Facebook? Join Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and Daimhin Warner of Simply Privacy for a lunchtime discussion on recent privacy developments and trends. The focus will be on the new Privacy Bill, Facebook and other topical issues in the world of privacy and data protection.

This PrivacyLive Forum is being held in partnership with iappANZ during Privacy Week (7-11 May 2018) at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place (off High St), Central Auckland, on Monday 7 May from 12.30pm-1.30pm. RSVP here to attend this free event.  

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner presents free, occasional, lunchtime PrivacyLive forums. The PrivacyLive forums are intended for anyone with an interest in privacy-related and data protection issues.

Privacy on This Way Up

How well did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg handle probing questions from US lawmakers this week? What does the GDPR mean for New Zealand? What’s in the Privacy Bill? Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, technology journalist Peter Griffin and This Way Up presenter Simon Morton discuss these and other privacy issues on the programme’s Bits+Bytes segment. Listen here to the conversation which aired on Radio New Zealand on 14 April 2018.   

Privacy Act fact

We’ll be highlighting the 25 year anniversary of the Privacy Act in each newsletter with a short fact about the Act’s significance and impact.

Today’s fact: The Privacy Act doesn’t cover the work of courts, Members of Parliament, and the news media. Other rules govern how they manage personal information. Find out more here

Our latest blog posts:

Breach Case 7: Rubbishing privacy
Breach Case 7: Rubbishing privacy
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 5 April 2018

A recent data breach incident provided an example of how your responsibility to protect personal information does not end when you put the rubbish out for collection.

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