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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Take our Privacy Tick survey

How do you know if you can trust a product or service with your personal information? Our office wants your feedback on the creation of a privacy trust mark – provisionally called Privacy Tick - by completing a short online survey. The survey is anonymous and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

The deadline for the survey is 1 August 2017. You can find it here. If you want to contact us directly about the Privacy Tick project, email us at

Sharing best practice on complaints management

Investigating officers from our office are jointly running a half-day workshop on best practice in complaints management. The workshop is being held in Sydney on Thursday, 13 July 2017, from 11am to 3pm NZT.

The session is being jointly held by our office and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, and follows the Asia Pacific Privacy Forum which is also taking place in Sydney. If you are interested in complaints management, our colleagues will be live tweeting during the event using our office’s Twitter handle which you can find here.

New case note: Woman wants Police to correct record of wilful damage incident

A woman complained to our office that Police failed to adequately respond to her request for information about a wilful damage incident at her home in 2015. The woman said Police made a significant mistake in noting her account of the incident and she had tried without success to get Police to change it. Read the case note here.


Making privacy tick
Making privacy tick
Author Sophie Richardson    Date published 5 July 2017

How far can you trust a product or service with your personal information? Our office wants to create a way for consumers to know if they are using a service or product that will protect their privacy and personal information.

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What do I do if I think a child is at risk?
What do I do if I think a child is at risk?
Author Sam Grover    Date published 6 July 2017

If you think a child is at risk, can you tell someone? This video spells out the answer to this question: yes. If you think a child is at risk, tell a police officer, social worker or someone else who can help. You won’t get into trouble.

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Can I tell the cops? A guide for health professionals
Can I tell the cops? A guide for health professionals
Author Richard Stephen    Date published 7 July 2017

In their job, health professionals have to look after some of the most intimate details of their patients’ lives. This is a great responsibility, and patients trust and expect doctors, nurses and others to not just tell anyone. This obligation is recognised in the Health Information Privacy Code.

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