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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy Act amended by Intelligence and Security Act

The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 amended the Privacy Act, and these amendments have now come into force. The amendments, and related amendments to three privacy codes of practice, took effect from 28 September 2017.

Consequential amendments to the codes of practice – the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code 2003, and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code 2004 - have also been issued following a consultation process. To find out more, read our media release and the FAQs sheet.

Vacancies at OPC : Policy Adviser and Communications Adviser

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has two vacancies. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds.

  • Communications Adviser - This is an important educational role, promoting public understanding of individual privacy and data protection. In an increasingly digital and technological world, privacy-related issues generate high levels of public interest and debate and our communications team is key to our work. Apply here.

  • Policy Adviser - A significant part of OPC’s work is its policy function. We provide advice to both government and the private sector, and lead thinking about the privacy implications of new proposals, including information sharing and new technologies. As a Policy Adviser, you will have a unique opportunity to work in this broad reaching and highly topical area. Apply here.


KPMG and OPC panel on information sharing

Register now for this facilitated discussion on 2 November 2017 where public sector leaders will discuss what’s appropriate when sharing personal information. An important part of this conversation will be the safeguard and oversight mechanisms necessary to ensure people have confidence that their personal information is being respected.

The panel discussion - which is jointly hosted by KPMG and OPC - will also encompass the evolving conversation about the concept of a ‘social licence’ to share people’s information.  Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will facilitate the discussion.

More details and how to register can be found here.


Right to Know Day celebrated

Thank you to the panellists who made our Right to Know Day PrivacyLive Forum such a success. Over 50 people attended the lunchtime forum in Wellington on 28 September to hear a fascinating discussion with Ombudsman Leo Donnelly, Transparency International board member Dr Bryce Edwards, privacy lawyer Katrine Evans and former RNZ News Director Brent Edwards. Our thanks also go to the Office of the Ombudsman for co-hosting the event.

If you missed it, a video recording is available here.  You can also view this brief video with Right to Know messages from Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier. 


ITP debate on artificial intelligence

The Auckland branch of IT Professionals NZ is hosting a large panel debate on 17 October exploring artificial intelligence, what that means in reality, ethical issues and more. The panellists include the chair of the AI Forum, IBM country leader for Analytics and AI, founder of University of Auckland's Reason and Science Society and others. More panellists are to be confirmed soon.

This event is free for ITP members. Non-members are welcome. More details and how to register can be found here.

NetHui is coming and we’re involved

New Zealand’s biggest gathering of web and digital technology thinkers, professionals and non-professionals will be happening again this year and our office is involved. We’ll be contributing to a discussion session on Digital Divides (with details to be finalised). NetHui, brought to you by InternetNZ, will be at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 9-10 November. More details and how to register can be found here

Our latest blog posts:

To come with clean hands
To come with clean hands
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 29 September 2017

When we use the metaphor ‘to come with clean hands’, it means to have done nothing underhand or illegal. It’s a term that applies in the context of resolving privacy disputes. There’s a general expectation that if you make a complaint to our office, you did not bring the breach of privacy upon yourself through your actions.

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Rodents and hackers
Rodents and hackers
Author Colin Trotter    Date published 29 September 2017

I don’t usually converse in metaphors and analogies but bear with me as I liken hackers to rodents and discuss security in keeping both of them at bay.

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