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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Privacy Commissioner welcomes NetSafe as new HDCA agency

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has welcomed the Government’s announcement this week of NetSafe as the Approved Agency appointed under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Mr Edwards says establishing an agency to resolve complaints about harmful digital communications is an important step in helping people who are the victims of unacceptable online conduct. Read our media release.


Making advisory opinions

Advisory opinions are opinions that agencies and Ministers can seek from the Privacy Commissioner concerning the application of the Privacy Act. The Privacy Commissioner will consider applications from agencies seeking greater certainty about how the Privacy Act will apply in particular circumstances. The advisory opinion process is intended for matters of wider importance where there is dispute over the correct approach to interpreting the Privacy Act. Agencies are expected to have first sought independent legal advice. Find out more here.


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Our latest blog posts 

Offering guidance through advisory opinions
Offering guidance through advisory opinions
 
Author John Edwards    Date published 19 May 2016

Today we’re issuing a policy on giving “Advisory Opinions”. For agencies unsure of what they can and can’t do with personal information under the Privacy Act, we might be prepared to commit, in advance, to advising how we’d look at the issue.

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Changing Customs
Changing Customs
 
Author Tim Henwood    Date published 20 May 2016

In 1996 the Customs Act was passed. This Act gave front line officers their powers to protect our borders, including powers to search people when they cross the border.

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Going undercover to check out credit reporters
Going undercover to check out credit reporters
 
Author Vanya Vida    Date published 27 May 2016

There are three main credit reporting agencies in New Zealand: Centrix, Veda and Dun & Bradstreet. According to Veda, a thousand people a year challenge the information held in their credit files. This is a right people have under the Privacy Act – to see information agencies hold about them, and request a correction if it’s wrong.

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Health info: The right to know made easy
Health info: The right to know made easy
 
Author Marilyn Andrew    Date published 31 May 2016

Mrs Patel was outraged. She’d visited her GP for a follow-up check after her hand surgery, and he’d asked her about her history of depression. She didn’t think she’d had anything of the sort, and decided to ask the receptionist for a copy of all her medical notes to see what else was in there. The young receptionist assured her that the doctor owned the notes so she couldn’t have them. 

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