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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy breaches in the news

When our office was notified of a data breach this week, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards was prompted to tweet “Come on, people, it’s not rocket surgery!” An email had been sent to about 1000 people using the cc function instead of blind copying the email to recipients.

Mr Edwards’ tweet was noticed by the NZ Herald which reported the incident here.

Meanwhile, the theft of a work file which included an eight-year-old boy’s health information from the home of an employee made this news story. 

Regional visit to Levin

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will visit Levin on Thursday, 10 August 2017, to speak at two public forums. He will give presentations at the Horowhenua Community Law and Horowhenua Citizens Advice Bureau. He will also meet with individuals with specific privacy concerns at the local MP’s electorate office. More information about his visit can be found here.

The Privacy Commissioner makes regular visits to the regions to meet people, discuss our work and find out how we can help. Let us know if you would like us to come to your region. You can find out more about our regional outreach programme here. 

GOVIS and GIG forum

GOVIS and the Government Information Group are holding a New Directions for Data in Government Forum at MBIE in Wellington on 16 August from 12pm to 1.50pm.

Across government there is an increasing focus on getting more value from our data. There are initiatives underway to improve data management, establish frameworks for data accountability and governance, and better understand the information held by agencies. There will be short presentations from people leading this work across government, including Tony Breen, Kevin Sweeney, Alison Scott, Claire Stent, James Collier and Cam Findlay. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. A light lunch will be provided. For more information and to register to attend, go to Eventbrite 

Artificial intelligence and privacy

Are you interested in the growing science of artificial intelligence? Two Australian researchers are presenting their views at an Artificial Intelligence & Privacy Forum hosted by the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) in Melbourne this month.

The speakers are Dr Jake Goldenfein of Swinburne University and Dr Toby Walsh of the University of NSW.  Dr Goldenfein’s current work examines how automated decision-making affects processes of governance and the law and Dr Walsh is a leading researcher in the field of artificial intelligence and heads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research.

The hour-long forum begins at 3pm NZT on 25 August. New Zealanders will be able to view the Periscope live stream. Our colleagues at CPDP will post the link on the CPDP Twitter feed at the start of the forum. Please note you don’t need to have a Twitter account to see the link.  

Our latest blog posts

When governments get data protection wrong
When governments get data protection wrong
 
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 2 August 2017

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” The former US President Ronald Reagan famously said these were the “nine most terrible words in the English language” that anyone could expect to hear.

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How much can I charge for information?
How much can I charge for information?
 
Author Sam Grover    Date published 4 August 2017

Charging for information is a subject that comes up in complaints made to us from time to time.

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If you spot a security flaw, tell CERT NZ
If you spot a security flaw, tell CERT NZ
 
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 4 August 2017

Computer systems always seem to have problems and vulnerabilities. Some data breaches occur because of those vulnerabilities. If you spot a vulnerability or security flaw in a website, you can first report it to the organisation. They are generally happy to hear about a problem, so they can fix it.

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Breach Case 5: Taking client files offsite
Breach Case 5: Taking client files offsite
 
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 4 August 2017

You keep your home safe, don’t you? So there should be no problem taking some work notes home, rather than travel the extra distance to drop them off at the office at the end of the day; or to have to pick them up in the morning at the office. You are saving time and avoiding unnecessary travel. But homes do get burgled, thousands in any month.

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