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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News. 

Neighbours in surveillance camera dispute

We investigated a dispute over CCTV cameras when a man complained to our office about his neighbour.  The complaint was the latest chapter in a series of conflicts between the residents of two properties.  Read our case note on the complaint here.

NZ website privacy notices could do better

A sample of New Zealand websites surveyed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has found similar shortcomings as overseas websites when it comes to informing users about how personal information is collected, stored and used.

New Zealand contributed to an annual survey or sweep carried out by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN). The 2017 GPEN Sweep focused on website privacy notices.

The investigation by 24 data protection and privacy regulators from around the world concluded that there was significant room for improvement in terms of specific details contained in privacy communications. More information is available here.


OPC and KPMG information sharing panel booked out

The KPMG and Office of the Privacy Commissioner panel discussion in Wellington on 2 November is now fully subscribed. If you missed out, you will be able to follow the discussion via our Periscope live stream. The link will be posted here on Twitter at the start of the discussion at 4pm. We will also make the video recording of the event available on our YouTube channel.

Enabling the Appropriate Sharing of Personal Information will focus on how agencies need to be clear about the purpose and issue they are trying to resolve by sharing personal information. The discussion will also include the concept of 'social licence' and the benefits and risks associated with data aggregation. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will chair the discussion panel.


Encryption and law enforcement forum

Join us for a lively PrivacyLive discussion on encryption with a panel of informed speakers representing Internet NZ, NZ Council of Civil Liberties, the Inspector General of Intelligence & Security, Spark NZ and Victoria and Waikato universities.

This PrivacyLive event is in Wellington on 7 December 2017 at the Wharewaka Convention Centre, beginning at 12.30pm.

Confirmed panellists are:

  • Cheryl Gwyn (Inspector General of Intelligence & Security)
  • Dr Ryan Ko (Cyber Research Centre; Waikato University)
  • Thomas Beagle (NZ Council for Civil Liberties)
  • Ben Creet (Internet NZ)
  • Ian Welch (Victoria University)
  • John Wesley-Smith (Spark NZ)

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s PrivacyLive events are free to attend. Register here now.

Getting involved for Cyber Smart Week

CERT NZ and Connect Smart have teamed up to present Cyber Smart Week, 27 November to 1 December. Organisations who are interested in running events and Cyber Smart campaigns with their customers and staff during the week can get in touch by emailing CERT NZ.

Cyber Smart Week posters will also be available but orders must be placed here before 10 November. More information is now available on the CERT NZ website.


GOVIS lunchtime forum by CERT NZ

CERT NZ works to raise cyber security awareness in New Zealand.  Come along and hear some of the interesting things this new agency is doing and what it has seen so far in the country's cyber-threat landscape.  This GOVIS forum is on 13 November 2017.  Register here to attend and find out more. 

Our latest blog posts

Confirming a requester’s identity
Confirming a requester’s identity
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 17 October 2017

Let’s recap. The Privacy Act gives people the right to access their information. And when a person requests their information, the organisation or business must respond to the request within 20 working days.

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Making more use of AISAs
Making more use of AISAs
Author Colin Trotter    Date published 17 October 2017

Four years ago, there was a change to the Privacy Act to reflect a change in the Government’s information sharing framework. The Government made the change in response to recommendations by the Law Commission, as part of the commission’s review of New Zealand’s privacy law.

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