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Heartbleed advisory note

Researchers have discovered an internet vulnerability named Heartbleed. Until it is fixed, Heartbleed will make OpenSSL encrypted connections, which secure much of the internet’s information flows, insecure. New Zealand website owners should check their servers urgently and patch them if required.

NBR's Ask Me Anything

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards featured in NBR's Ask Me Anything feature on 7 March 2014.

Children need to be wise owls when it comes to the internet

A new resource to help teachers teach internet privacy issues to primary and intermediate school students was launched to coincide with Safer Internet Day. The online resource – named OWLS – is a joint project by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and NetSafe, in partnership with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.

OWLS media advisory

OWLS is a new resource to help teachers teach internet privacy issues to primary and intermediate school students. Its launch in Wellington on 11 February coincides with Safer Internet Day (www.saferinternetday.org).

Lessons learned in EQC information shortcomings - report

The Earthquake Commission has failed to comply with its Official Information Act and Privacy Act obligations to provide information to its Canterbury customers in a timely manner, a joint report by the Chief Ombudsman and the Privacy Commissioner has found.

Privacy Commissioner appointment

The outgoing Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff today welcomed the announcement of John Edwards as her successor as Privacy Commissioner.