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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy Week is next week

It is bittersweet for us to advise that next week’s 2018 Privacy Forum is sold out! There’s going to be a full house at Te Papa in Wellington on 9 May, with evident interest in the full day programme focusing on privacy law reform, the GDPR and predictive risk modelling. We’ll also be launching the Privacy Trust Mark initiative at the close of the forum.

In addition, this year’s Privacy Week coincides with the 25th anniversary of New Zealand’s first Privacy Act – a landmark event with added poignancy given there’s a new Privacy Bill in Parliament. You can find out more about the anniversary here

If you are unable to attend the Privacy Forum, you can check out the programme here. Sessions will be filmed and published after the event. We’ll let you know when these are available.  

In other Privacy Week news, look out for a privacy quiz, a short animated film (and accompanying infographic poster), a new Health ABC online learning module and the results of our latest attitudes to privacy survey. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see us unveil these new privacy resources.  

Privacy unplugged with the Privacy Commissioner

If you’re in Auckland and want a way to mark Privacy Week, come to hear Privacy Commissioner John Edwards in conversation with Daimhin Warner of Simply Privacy on 7 May. There are still seats available and it is free to attend.

This lunchtime PrivacyLive forum - in partnership with iappANZ - will cover the new Privacy Bill, Facebook and other topical issues in the world of privacy and data protection. The venue is the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, off High St, central Auckland. The discussion kicks off at 12.30pm and goes to 1.30pm. Register here to attend.

Have your say on the Privacy Bill

Submissions can now be made to Parliament’s Justice Select Committee on the Privacy Bill. The Bill had its first reading on 10 April 2018. It repeals and replaces the Privacy Act 1993, as recommended by the Law Commission's 2011 review of the Act. It is to update and modernise the Privacy Act and introduce key new mechanisms such as mandatory data breach reporting. The closing date for submissions is 24 May 2018. 

Privacy Act fact

We’ll be highlighting the 25 year anniversary of the Privacy Act in each newsletter with a short fact about the Act’s significance and impact.

Today’s fact: In December 2014, the Privacy Commissioner introduced a policy of publicly naming certain agencies for not complying with the Privacy Act. He has named six agencies, including Facebook, so far.

Our latest blog posts:

No certainty in security
No certainty in security
Author Neil Sanson    Date published 24 April 2018

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