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Technology and Privacy Forum

Professor William Webster will speak on "Body-Worn Cameras and Public Services", a recent phenomenon being the use of body-worn cameras in public service environments.  

Professor Webster is the 2016 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor based at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.

The forum will take place on 19 September 2016, 12.00-1.00 pm in Wellington.

RSVP early to, as seating is limited.

View the flyer for more information.


Webinar:  privacy in cyberspace

The internet is a great resource for most organisations, but it can increase the likelihood and impact of privacy issues.  Two privacy experts - Julia Shallcrass of Workplace Training and Morgan Wilson of TechHappy - are giving a webinar on how to manage these issues by sharing best practices around passwords, privacy policies, screen recorders and more.

The webinar is on Thursday, 15 September, and it's worth 1.5 CPD hours.  It costs $200, excluding GST.  Find out more here


Use of covert CCTV - "To film or not to film"

There has been a lot of discussion about covert CCTV in the media recently.  Read our blog


Our latest blog posts

The good and not so good of the new GCSB bill
The good and not so good of the new GCSB bill
Author John Edwards    Date published 16 August 2016

(This post originally ran on The Spinoff.) Until last night I was unfamiliar with the commissioning process for pieces for The Spinoff. Mine came in the form of a Twitter direct message. “John! fancy writing us a post for the Spinoff on the new legislation and why you’re not a cheerleader clown!?”

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How privacy regulators cooperate across borders
How privacy regulators cooperate across borders
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 17 August 2016

Privacy authorities typically perform regulatory and enforcement functions on their own - or occasionally with another public body - within their domestic jurisdiction. They know the domestic law they enforce. The law will clearly lay out the authority’s role and provide a clear pathway to the intended outcomes.

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