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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

New case notes

Check out our three new case notes. In the first case note, we resolved a complaint in which a woman accused a credit reporting agency of misidentifying her. In the second, a couple complained because a bank froze their credit in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, and in the third, an employer was accused of deleting personal information in an employment dispute.

Making it easy to request personal information

Have you seen our new AboutMe online tool? AboutMe makes it easier for individuals to ask agencies for their personal information. It can also help agencies by standardising the requests they receive for personal information. We hope it will be particularly useful for small to medium sized agencies.  We launched AboutMe during Privacy Week. If you have used it, we’d love to hear from you!  Please email us at

Masters Scholarship for LLM (Privacy Law)

The Rutherford Discovery Award is supporting scholarships for students wishing to complete a Masters by thesis on the law of privacy. Recipients will be based at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington and will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Nicole Moreham. Possible topics include: 

-        Privacy rights for the deceased and their families
-        The privacy implications of reality television
-        Privacy and social media
-        Development of common law privacy rights in New Zealand or abroad
-        Legal responses to ‘revenge porn’
-        How to fashion appropriate remedies for breaches of privacy
-        Privacy in the context of search and seizure
-        The right to be forgotten
-        Any other privacy topic which the candidate finds interesting.

More information, including information on how to apply, can be found here.

Directory of Privacy Professionals

If you are a practising privacy specialist who provides consultancy services, legal advice, training or other privacy-related services, why not apply to be registered on in our online Directory of Privacy Professionals? If you need privacy expertise, the Directory can also help by identifying people who may be able to help you. Additionally, it is a useful tool for journalists and news media seeking comment on privacy-related stories and issues.

Our latest blog post

 done by the National Library
Author Sam Grover    Date published 14 June 2016

When are you eligible for a legal remedy when an agency breaches your privacy? The answer, as with most things in the legal realm, is “it depends”.

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