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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

What can you do if you think a child is at risk?

If you think a child is at risk, can you tell someone? Yes, you can. We’ve made two short videos with the Privacy Commissioner to explain if you think a child is at risk, you should tell a police officer, social worker or someone else who can help.  You won’t get into trouble. Watch the videos on our YouTube channel here and here. You can also read our blog post. 

Vacancy: Team Manager (Policy and Technology)

Are you looking for a new leadership opportunity? Do you have a desire to make a real impact on the lives of New Zealanders? This is a unique opportunity to lead our policy team of five. The team provides advice to public and private sector agencies about a wide range of privacy issues. They work on some gritty projects to ensure that the public can have confidence in the way government and businesses use their personal information.

More information is available here or contact Kirsty Brown on 04 499 9471 or at Applications close Monday 7 August.  

Take our Privacy Tick survey

How do you know if you can trust a product or service with your personal information? We want 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 

Broadcasting social media content

New Zealanders do not think broadcasters should take people’s social media content and broadcast it, says new research commissioned by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA).

The BSA research, entitled Use of Social Media in Broadcasting: Public and Broadcaster Perspectives, says the public expect their social media content to remain in the context in which it was published. The full report and more information about the research is available here.

Our latest blog posts

Why has my information been withheld?
Why has my information been withheld?
Author Shaun Ritchie    Date published 19 July 2017

The Privacy Act gives you the right to request access to information about you (see principle 6). That right to access your personal information is essential if you want to maintain some understanding and control over who knows what about you. Your right of access is strong, and does not require you to provide reasons for wanting information.

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Are you our next Team Manager (Policy and Technology)?
Are you our next Team Manager (Policy and Technology)?
Author JLB    Date published 24 July 2017

If you are looking for a new team leadership opportunity and you’re a shoo-in when it comes to interest in privacy issues, check us out! We’re looking for a Team Manager (Policy and Technology) to lead our policy team of five.

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Williams v ACC: Getting the information right
Williams v ACC: Getting the information right
Author Jane Foster    Date published 25 July 2017

A recent Human Rights Review Tribunal decision has highlighted the importance of agencies complying with privacy principle 8 (the accuracy principle) and ensuring they take reasonable steps to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date before they use it.

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