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Viewing entries posted in November 2016

Shaping up: Privacy practitioner fitness Annabel Fordham
28 November 2016

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The Privacy Summit 2016 – Trust in Privacy, held the other week in Sydney (14-15 November), is the annual gathering for iappANZ members (International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia & New Zealand) and other privacy practitioners, academics and regulators.

Code change to help emergency services locate mobile callers Daimhin Warner
25 November 2016


Pieter, a visitor from Belgium, witnessed a car accident in a remote area. The accident left a young woman unconscious and seriously injured. Pieter acted quickly and phoned the emergency line from his mobile phone to get help to the woman as soon as possible.

Employee browsing is a no-no Abigail Vink
25 November 2016

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Have you ever been tempted to search your company’s database for information about your colleagues’ pay, promotions, employment disputes or performance?  Or perhaps you have access to client databases which contain juicy information about customers’ purchase history and financial situation? Humans are inherently curious beings, but be aware that browsing other people’s private information is against the law.

Distressing privacy intrusions in elderly residential care Alison Rahn
16 November 2016

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When they moved into an aged care home, Grace and Arthur* had been married almost 50 years. Their new accommodation consisted of two single beds on opposite sides of a single room too small to personalise with their own furniture from home, plus an ensuite bathroom.

A Commissioner abroad Part 3 - a stop in Tunisia John Edwards
10 November 2016


It’s possible that you haven’t heard of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). However, it is likely that the ITU affects your life in some way. The ITU is the UN agency responsible for information and communication technology. One of their key functions is standard-setting. They set the technical standards that make it possible to send a text message to an overseas phone without having to get some kind of complex adaptor; they also help to assign satellite orbits so that you don’t get abrupt service interruption from two (or more) satellites crashing into one another.

Credit Reporting Privacy Code review: call for submissions Blair Stewart
8 November 2016

credit reporting

The Privacy Commissioner is currently reviewing the Credit Reporting Privacy Code. The principal focus of the review is the operation of the two amendments made to the Code made five years ago to allow positive credit reporting to be introduced into New Zealand.

A Commissioner abroad Part 2 - Marrakech John Edwards
8 November 2016

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The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners has been meeting each year since 1979. It has evolved into a reasonably structured format, governed by a five-member Executive Committee consisting of the current year’s host, the previous year’s host, and three elected members.

How are patient privacy and e-health records working for community nurses? Dr Léonie Walker, Dr Jill Clendon
7 November 2016

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Personal health information in electronic health records is increasingly shared in many settings, across disciplines and health care organisations. In recognition of this, considerable work has been done at the highest professional levels around patient record access, data security and the privacy safeguards required of the new systems.