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Ask us about privacy

There’s now a new way to answer your privacy questions. Last week we launched Ask Us, an online knowledge base, to help you find out what you want to know about your privacy rights and obligations. Ask Us, which can be found here, allows people to access reliable privacy guidance at any time. It’s similar to using a search engine, but this one is designed to answer questions you may have about information privacy and the Privacy Act.


Privacy Commissioner in Southland

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards last week visited Invercargill to promote the Office’s work and to talk to people about their privacy concerns. He spoke at a public forum organised by the Southland Community Law Centre and met with a range of local agencies including SIT and Southland DHB. The Commissioner also gave a presentation to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Queenstown on reporting surgical outcomes data. You can read coverage of his latest regional visit in the Southland Times.


Internet NZ’s Easy Transparency project

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has welcomed Internet NZ’s new transparency reporting project. “It is excellent to see Internet NZ taking the lead here. The Easy Transparency tools mean that the first step to transparency reporting is even simpler," Mr Edwards said. 

Easy Transparency is a set of templates and tools to help New Zealand organisations start doing yearly transparency reporting.


Open Source, Open Society Conference

The Open Source, Open Society conference (OS//OS) will be held on 22-23 August 2016 at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

Tickets are now available from the society.  


Our latest blog posts

Waihopai - my part in its downfall
Waihopai - my part in its downfall
Author John Edwards    Date published 1 August 2016

We at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner enjoy a good film as much as the next person, and relish the opportunity the NZIFF presents to see some of the best cinematic endeavours in the world on our screens.

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Ask us about privacy
Ask us about privacy
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 3 August 2016

Do you have a privacy predicament or do you simply want to know more about privacy and the law? Last year, our office took over 8,000 enquiries from the public through our 0800 phone line and via email. We also received nearly 300 media enquiries on a wide range of topics including data breaches, the Harmful Digital Communications Act, drones and public registers.

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