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Transparency Report April-June 2016

Transparency about what happens to people's information is an important part of upholding privacy rights. In 2016 between Apil and June we ran a second trial to gather more detailed information about government and law enforcement demands and requests for personal information.

View the report.

Transparency reporting trial

Government agencies made nearly 12,000 requests for personal information from 10 New Zealand companies last year, according to a new OPC report.

Profile Engine deletion process is lawful

The Privacy Commissioner has conducted an investigation into Profile Engine’s process for deleting personal information on request. The investigation has concluded that the process is satisfactory, complies with the requirements of the Privacy Act, and should be followed by individuals seeking to delete their profiles.

Kai Tiaki inquiry report

Background of inquiry

In May 2006 "Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand", the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's journal published a photographic essay "Who Cares". The five-page essay encompassed 39 images. The images portrayed the daily routine of carers looking after the elderly in an institutional setting and depicted both carers and residents, along with quotations from the subjects in the photographs. Some photographs showed carers, and apparently vulnerable residents who were near...

Guthrie Tests

A report by the Privacy Commissioner following his inquiry into the collection, retention, use and release of newborn metabolic screening test samples, pursuant to section 13(1)(m) of the Privacy Act 1993.

View the full 14-page report.


In May 1999 an application was made to the High Court for a direction that Auckland Healthcare Services Ltd produce a blood sample of a child which was the subject of proceed...

Canterbury District Health Board patient notes inquiry

Inquiry Initiated by the Privacy Commissioner

Canterbury District Health Board
Discovery of patient notes in an abandoned hospital building
Final report
July 2003

Background to the Inquiry

On 18 May 2002, the Christchurch Press reported that confidential psychiatric records had been found in an abandoned Sunnyside Hospital building in Christchurch. As a result, the newspaper reported, an internal hospital inquiry had begun and the Privacy Commissioner and the...

Rawhiti Trust Hospital Board inquiry

Rawhiti Trust Hospital Board

Discovery of patient notes in an a former private hospital building: Final report

Background to the inquiry

Following reports to the media in December 2000 that patient files, had been located at the former premises of a private hospital in Auckland (Rawhiti Trust Hospital) I initiated an inquiry into the circumstances in which these files had come to be left on those premises.

I was concerned that the circumstances involved here ra...

Cervical Cancer Inquiry

Bruce Slane
Privacy Comissioner

Introduction/ background to Privacy Act

1. On 27 July I was approached on behalf of the Inquiry to assist the Inquiry in relation to research and privacy issues.

2. The Privacy Act was passed in 1993. Its purpose, as set out in the long title is "to promote and protect individual privacy in general accordance with the Recommendation of the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Conc...