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Viewing entries posted in August 2016

Facebook tightens its grip on WhatsApp Colin Trotter
31 August 2016

data to be reformatted

The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has recently updated its terms, conditions and privacy policy to reflect that it will share information about its one billion users with its parent company, Facebook.

Can I make an anonymous privacy complaint? Riki Jamieson-Smyth
29 August 2016


People have been asking us recently: “If I make a complaint- can I stay anonymous? Can’t the Privacy Commissioner step into my shoes and keep my identity secret and out of the action? Does the agency or person need to know I’ve complained about them at all?” The answer is that they probably do need to know who you are and exactly what you’ve complained about. The reason is natural justice. 

To film or not to film John Edwards
24 August 2016

Surveillance camera

When you entrust your frail and vulnerable relative to the care of a  commercial enterprise, you are entitled to expect a high standard of care. What happens when you suspect that standard is not being met?

How privacy regulators cooperate across borders Blair Stewart
17 August 2016

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Privacy authorities typically perform regulatory and enforcement functions on their own - or occasionally with another public body - within their domestic jurisdiction. They know the domestic law they enforce. The law will clearly lay out the authority’s role and provide a clear pathway to the intended outcomes.

The good and not so good of the new GCSB bill John Edwards
16 August 2016

laptop spying

(This post originally ran on The Spinoff.Until last night I was unfamiliar with the commissioning process for pieces for The Spinoff. Mine came in the form of a Twitter direct message. “John! fancy writing us a post for the Spinoff on the new legislation and why you’re not a cheerleader clown!?”

Ask us about privacy Charles Mabbett
3 August 2016

lighbulb abstract

Do you have a privacy predicament or do you simply want to know more about privacy and the law? Last year, our office took over 8,000 enquiries from the public through our 0800 phone line and via email. We also received nearly 300 media enquiries on a wide range of topics including data breaches, the Harmful Digital Communications Act, drones and public registers.

Waihopai - my part in its downfall John Edwards
1 August 2016

5th eye

We at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner enjoy a good film as much as the next person, and relish the opportunity the NZIFF presents to see some of the best cinematic endeavours in the world on our screens.