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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Three privacy codes amended

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has issued final amendments to the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 (Amendment No 9), the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code 2003 (Amendment No 6) and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code 2004 (Amendment No 11).

The amendments are necessary in light of reforms made by the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. Read our media advisory here.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week is taking place this year from 11 September to 17 September. We’ll be celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori on our website and promoting our te Reo Māori resources in health and general privacy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and watch our website for more details.

PrivacyLive on Right to Know Day

Register now to attend our Right to Know Day PrivacyLive Forum on 28 September. Our office is joining forces with the Office of the Ombudsman to bring you a lunchtime discussion about the right to access information. The forum will be facilitated by the privacy law expert, Katrine Evans, with speakers from the Office of the Ombudsman and Transparency International.

The event is in Wellington. You can register to attend here. If you are unable to attend, we will be live streaming this event on our Periscope account.

Trade Me firearm licence checks

Our office has published a list of FAQs to address a number of concerns raised by enquirers about changes to the process for trading firearms on Trade Me. Trade Me will be verifying firearm licence details with Police for every firearm transaction on the auction site. This process is based on consent of all concerned and as such, raises no concerns under the Privacy Act. You can read the Privacy Commissioner’s statement and FAQs here.

Statement on Martyn Bradbury complaint

Earlier this year, blogger Martyn Bradbury made a complaint to our office about a request from Police to his bank for information about him. We investigated that complaint, and recently sent him our final view on the matter. We are taking the unusual step of offering a public comment on this case, as the matter has been the subject of considerable public discussion. Read our statement here.

NetHui fellowships

Applications are currently open for NetHui fellowships to foster an increased diversity of attendees at NetHui. NetHui’s organisers, InternetNZ, are focused on bringing more youth, women, Māori and Pasifika people to NetHui on 9-10 November.

The fellowships were created to help those who would benefit greatly from attending, but find cost to be a limiting factor. The fellowships pay for a free registration and can help pay for travel, accommodation, childcare and other expenses. For more information, please see the fellowship page on the NetHui website. Applications close on 20 September 2017.

How the NZ Business Number is changing business

Come along to the next GOVIS forum to learn how your agency can take advantage of the NZ Business Number.  Become part of a highly-connected business environment that wil revolutionise the way the private and public sectors interact.

The lunchtime forum is on 20 September at 12pm at MBIE Head Office in Stout Street, Wellington. Speakers include:

  • Jo Hogan, Director of the NZBN
  • Grant Anderson, Head of Government Relationships, Xero
  • Rob Garrett, Business Systems Manager, IPONZ

People who work for GOVIS member agencies will be given priority for places.  Lunch is provided from eatmylunch.  You can register to attend here.

Our latest blog posts 

Trusted Sharing Consultancy update
Trusted Sharing Consultancy update
Author Abigail Vink    Date published 18 August 2017

In late 2016, the Privacy Commissioner launched the Trusted Sharing Consultancy Service, to offer advice and support to ensure government agencies achieve their aspirations for the coordinated delivery of public services while protecting privacy.

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Benchmarking against international privacy peers
Benchmarking against international privacy peers
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 20 August 2017

It can be useful to compare an organisation’s processes or performance against another one’s competitors in the same industry class. It is especially useful to compare with the ‘best in class’ and set targets to meet or exceed the industry norms. This is sometimes called ‘best practice benchmarking’ and is an important tool to support continuous improvement.

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