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Forums and seminars

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner presents free, occasional, lunchtime PrivacyLive forums. The PrivacyLive forums are intended for anyone with an interest in privacy-related and data protection issues.

Previous forums have involved speakers from universities, consultancies, private companies and government departments on topics ranging from data privacy protection, CCTV surveillance, census privacy implications and stopping online spam and scams.

See what's coming up in our PrivacyLive series:

Blockchain’s promise for privacy

Join us to learn about blockchain from one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on the topic. Associate Professor Alex Sims of the University of Auckland will discuss Blockchain’s Promise for Privacy in our first Auckland PrivacyLive forum.

The hour-long presentation will be at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Auckland, on 27 February 2018, from 12.30pm. A full description of the event is available here. Register here to attend.  

A full description of the event is available here. Register here to attend.

PrivacyLive events in Auckland are coordinated by our office in partnership with the Privacy Foundation NZ, iappANZ and Auckland Council.

Orwell’s 1984: A book, a film, a play… and now a reality?

This free panel discussion coincides with the Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Theatre Company season of a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary classic 1984. Is there more to say about this dystopian touchstone of privacy, surveillance and identity, 70 years since the book hit the shelves?

Chairing an informed and provocative panel is the author of the New Zealand Civil Rights Handbook, Tim McBride. The other speakers include one of the play’s leading performers, Terence Crawford, well-known blogger and media commentator, Russell Brown, and New Zealand’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn.

This PrivacyLive lunchtime event is brought to you by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Auckland Arts Festival. It is on 14 March at 12.30-1.30pm in the Ellen Melville Pioneer Women’s Hall, Freyberg Place, Auckland. More information is available here. Register here to attend.

Learning from cyberattacks without compromising privacy

Register now to hear how CERT NZ uses its data about cyberattacks to inform New Zealand organisations how to prepare against current and future attacks. CERT NZ does this without compromising information about the organisations and individuals which report cyber threats.

This PrivacyLive lunchtime presentation is by CERT NZ’s Manager of Engagement and Communications, Kate Wellington. It is free to attend and will take place at 12.30pm on 19 March 2018 at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout St, Wellington. A full description can be found here. How to RSVP to attend can be found here. 

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