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Making mobile app privacy your advantage

mobile 3Apps can gather large amounts of information about their users but apps often don’t explain clearly what information they collect and for what purpose. The Privacy Commissioner has released a new resource for businesses and app developers to help understanding of obligations when collecting personal information through mobile apps. 


What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd?

Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users make to compromise security. TEDTalks is a video podcast of the best talks from the TED Conference where the world's leading thinkers discuss their work.

Online Data Safety Toolkit

app tap purpleThe Privacy Commissioner has published an online Data Safety Toolkit to help organisations prevent and deal with data breaches. This guidance provides tips to help organisations prevent common mistakes that lead to data breaches, and advice on what to do when they happen.



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Privacy Commissioner's proposed ‘Naming Policy’ change

The Privacy Commissioner intends to adopt the new policy to guide the Office's practice in naming agencies to give effect to the purposes of the Privacy Act 1993. The change is scheduled to take effect on 1 November 2014. In the meantime, the Commissioner welcomes submissions from the public to improve the proposed policy.

$10 limit for charging for credit reports

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says there will now be an upper limit of $10 on the amount a credit reporter can charge a consumer for an immediate credit report. This amendment to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code will take effect on 1 September 2014.

Trade Me Government & Regulatory Seminar

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards spoke at a Trade Me Government & Regulatory Seminar about his vision for his office and his current priorities. The presentation was in Wellington on 15 August 2014.

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