A new report by the Privacy Commissioner on three electronic shared care record (SCR) systems says they are well-managed projects that are appropriately mitigating privacy risks, but that continued attention to privacy is needed if health consumer and provider trust is to be maintained.
A global sweep of mobile apps has found nearly one third (31 percent) of all mobile apps raise concerns about the nature of permissions sought. One in three apps surveyed appeared to request access to information that exceeded their functionality.
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.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report. He says it makes an important contribution by recognising that the country needs to build the right data environment to maximise the business, social, cultural, education and health opportunities for New Zealanders.
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.
Apps can gather large amounts of information about their users but apps often don’t explain clearly what information they collect. The Privacy Commissioner has released a new resource for businesses and app developers to help them understand their obligations under the Privacy Act.
Connect Smart week is about promoting cyber-safety awareness, and supported by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says the Connect Smart message is for people and organisations to improve their digital security and to protect personal information.
A strengthened and updated Privacy Act will give New Zealanders more power over their information and give the Privacy Commissioner better tools to deal with challenges posed by the digital information era, says Privacy Commissioner John Edwards.
The Privacy Commissioner’s Office will be participating in the second Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) mobile sweep next week, surveying commonly used New Zealand apps, as well as overseas apps.