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Viewing entries posted in October 2015

Harmful digital privacy breaches Sam Grover
29 October 2015

Old tech

When the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) passed in June of this year, it brought some changes to the Privacy Act. One of these changes was to section 56, which previously excluded personal, family and household affairs from coverage by the Privacy Act. The effect is that we can now investigate cases stemming from domestic affairs, where the subject matter would be “highly offensive to an ordinary reasonable person”.

Supreme Court says digital files are property Charles Mabbett
23 October 2015

Barn owl

A Supreme Court decision released this week is significant in its finding that a digital file can be considered to be property.

Being ‘highly offensive’ Annabel Fordham
21 October 2015


What do you get when you gather members of the public to discuss and debate highly offensive material? We did exactly that the other week, and the end result was a good helping of common sense.

IGOs help share best privacy practice Blair Stewart
15 October 2015

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It’s not just privacy regulators and businesses that play an important role in privacy and data protection. Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) also make an important contribution through their information handling rules, policies or practices.

EU Safe Harbour decision could impact on NZ Charles Mabbett
7 October 2015

Flag of Europe

The impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on US government internet surveillance has claimed another casualty - the ‘Safe Harbour’ provisions that legitimise a significant volume of European Union personal data transferred to the United States for processing.

TPP and electronic commerce Blair Stewart
6 October 2015


After five years of negotiations, government ministers from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries - New Zealand and  Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam - announced their conclusions this week.

Working the enquiries line Karin Carter
6 October 2015

Artic Tern

Talking to people about how their personal information is collected, kept, used, and disclosed, and the impact it can have when something goes wrong, has put privacy in a new perspective for me – especially now that I deal with privacy matters every day.

GCSB director on surveillance, oversight and CORTEX Charles Mabbett
2 October 2015

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The GCSB does not undertake mass surveillance of New Zealanders. It was a message that the acting head of New Zealand’s foreign intelligence agency, Una Jagose, reiterated in Wellington this week, as well revealing details about the Bureau’s cyber-security work.