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Mullane v Attorney General: Police vetting Joanna Hayward
3 November 2017

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In a recent Human Rights Review Tribunal case, the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) requested a Police vet of taxi driver Mr Mullane, to check he met the criteria of a “fit and proper” person for the renewal of his taxi licence.

Making more use of AISAs Colin Trotter
17 October 2017

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Four years ago, there was a change to the Privacy Act to reflect a change in the Government’s information sharing framework. The Government made the change in response to recommendations by the Law Commission, as part of the commission’s review of New Zealand’s privacy law.

Confirming a requester’s identity Charles Mabbett
17 October 2017

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Let’s recap. The Privacy Act gives people the right to access their information. And when a person requests their information, the organisation or business must respond to the request within 20 working days.

Information about a car can be personal Charles Mabbett
11 October 2017

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You have the right not to remain silent – and that includes when you think you might have been overcharged for work done on your car.

Rodents and hackers Colin Trotter
29 September 2017

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I don’t usually converse in metaphors and analogies but bear with me as I liken hackers to rodents and discuss security in keeping both of them at bay.

To come with clean hands Charles Mabbett
29 September 2017

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When we use the metaphor ‘to come with clean hands’, it means to have done nothing underhand or illegal. It’s a term that applies in the context of resolving privacy disputes. There’s a general expectation that if you make a complaint to our office, you did not bring the breach of privacy upon yourself through your actions.

Advice for small organisations when there’s a complaint Charles Mabbett
13 September 2017

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If yours is a small business or organisation, there’s every chance you may be fairly inexperienced in what to do if you receive a request for personal information. But we hope you are at least aware that the Privacy Act gives people the right to make a request for information that is about them.

A sincere apology is hard to beat Charles Mabbett
12 September 2017

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It is said that a sincere apology should include the three Rs – regret, responsibility and remedy. Why apologise and how to do it properly is a subject we’ve discussed before. But we continue to see apologies that fail to convince a complainant. So it’s something we thought we’d revisit in this post because the quality of an apology is an important part of our efforts to resolve privacy complaints.