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Viewing entries posted in August 2014

Give a hoot? Wise words on privacy Sharyn Leonard
28 August 2014

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Keeping children safe on the internet is a difficult task in today’s rapidly evolving technological world. To make it easier, the Privacy Commissioner in conjunction with Netsafe and supported by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, has developed an online privacy resource to do just that.   

Barking up the wrong tree John Edwards
26 August 2014

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Since the publication of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, I’ve received a number of complaints and enquiries from people concerned about the book’s content. Each of those matters will receive the due consideration afforded to each of the 800 plus complaints and 9000 enquiries dealt with by this Office each year.

Have your say on our new ‘Naming Policy’ Colin Trotter
25 August 2014


Update: We've received 11 submissions on our proposed 'naming policy'. Given the level of interest in the proposal, we've decided to postpone making the change to the new policy which was to take effect on 1 November. It will now not be adopted before December and we will be taking the extra time to fully consider the detailed and thoughtful points raised by submitters.

Outlook’s email trap for the unwary JLB
22 August 2014

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Many an email has gone to the wrong recipient because a sender has unwittingly accepted an incorrect auto-complete entry. For this reason, like many others, we encouraged all our users to disable auto-complete.

Making it compulsory to meet Daimhin Warner
20 August 2014


In trying to resolve a privacy dispute or complaint, the Privacy Commissioner has the power to make people attend a compulsory conference. This is a little known feature of the Privacy Act and it has been perhaps underutilised in the 21 years that the Act has been around.

No money, no problem Dana George
11 August 2014


As a general rule in New Zealand, if you go to Court and you lose, you’re going to have to foot the bill – and not just your own legal bill but a chunk of the other party’s costs too. 

Walters Prize artist with a privacy theme Blair Stewart
4 August 2014

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The four finalists for the biennial Walters Prize have been announced and one has a distinct privacy connection. The artists have had their works installed inside - and outside - the Auckland Art Gallery. But for readers primarily interested in privacy, there is really one must see work – the massive installation by Simon Denny entitled All you need is data - the DLD 2012 Conference REDUX.

Making apps that don't suck too much Charles Mabbett
1 August 2014

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Apps can be convenient and fun to use. It is a world of incredible choice but one that also sets off privacy alarm bells. When a New Zealand news media organisation upgraded its app for Android phones earlier this year, one person was concerned enough to contact us.