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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Making Privacy Week happen

We would like to extend a big thank you to all the people and organisations that supported Privacy Week this year. We had an unprecedented level of interest in our week of events and activities with thousands of people trying our Privacy Week quiz, downloading the posters, and engaging on our social channels.

Our five PrivacyLive forums were well attended. Nearly all of these will be made available on our YouTube channel. Thank you to InternetNZ, Dundas Street Employment Lawyers, Netsafe, Data Futures Partnership, Air New Zealand, iappANZ, Southern Cross, Auckland Council, Broadcasting Standards Authority, Buddle Findlay and EY for working with us in helping to deliver our "Trust and Transparency" message at PrivacyLive forums and other Privacy Week events.

Privacy Week happens once a year and our hope is the privacy resources we have made available will be relevant and useful to everyone at any time. These include our Employment in Privacy e-learning module, our general privacy brochure, and our Health on the Road privacy guidance for health workers who take health information offsite. All of these are available on our website.

Case note: Police disclosed mental health information

Read our latest case note in which Police used the Privacy Act's "serious threat" exemption to disclose health information about a woman who told a police officer she was feeling suicidal.

IAPP scholarships for Asia Privacy Forum

IAPP is offering up to four student scholarships for the Asia Privacy Forum 2017 in Singapore on 24-25 July. KPMG is sponsoring these scholarships and will have representatives at the event to meet with the scholarship winners. Send your CV and a letter of interest to by 26 May 2017.

Our latest blog posts:


Should agencies leave no stone unturned?
Should agencies leave no stone unturned?
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 10 May 2017

Organisations sometimes get it wrong when they respond to a person’s request for their personal information. Information is sometimes lost, displaced or accidentally deleted. A recent privacy case dealt with by the Human Rights Review Tribunal considers when an organisation can call it quits when it comes to searching for personal information in responding to an access request.

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