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Viewing entries posted in December 2015

NZ's 'Adequacy' under the EU Data Protection Directive Blair Stewart
24 December 2015

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There have been a couple of recent developments that are relevant to the status New Zealand enjoys as an ‘adequate’ third country under the EU Data Protection Directive.

The DNA swab that cost Police $2,500 Sam Grover
23 December 2015

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When it comes to information, DNA is about as personal as it gets. The High Court recognised this in its damages award of $2,500 to a woman whose DNA was collected and stored by Police.

When is a journalist not a journalist? John Edwards
22 December 2015

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Last week’s decision of Clifford J in the Wellington High Court found that in the context of the Evidence Act, Nicky Hager was a journalist in relation to the publication of Dirty Politics, and was therefore entitled to assert privilege under s.68 of the Evidence Act 2006. 

The Internet of Toys Tim Henwood
11 December 2015


While our fridges, toasters and socks are learning how to talk to each other, so is Barbie. While governments are finding new ways to watch what we do, how we interact and how we talk to each other, so is Barbie. And on Christmas day, while we are listening to our children run in squealing, excited circles, so will Barbie.

Being vulnerable Neil Sanson
9 December 2015

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Being vulnerable is not comfortable. And having a stranger tell you that you are vulnerable, in a way you had not even thought of, can be scary. But when it comes to vulnerabilities in the website you are looking after, a panic response is not helpful.