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.
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.
The Independent Review of ACC's Privacy and Security of Information report was commissioned jointly by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the ACC Board following the unauthorised disclosure of client details.
Executive summary; the finding from our inquiry; Google has given us undertakings; background to the enquiry; Our view of how the privacy principles apply to the collection; The outcome of the inquiry; Conclusion
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...
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.
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...
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...
Statement/Submission 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...