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Maori Language Week

Te wiki o te reo Māori is taking place this year between Monday 4 July and Sunday 10 July and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has created a series of privacy phrases and themes in te Reo. Check them out!

And if you wonder what the name for our office means in te Reo, Te Mana Matapono Matatapu literally translates as the authority that deals with the principles of confidentiality.

1. Take control: Privacy gives you control of your personal information.

Privacy Commissioner welcomes NetSafe as new HDCA agency

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has welcomed the Government’s announcement today of NetSafe as the Approved Agency appointed under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

Mr Edwards says establishing an agency to resolve complaints about harmful digital communications is an important step in helping people who are the victims of unacceptable online conduct.

“I’d like to congratulate NetSafe for being appointed the independent body that will provide a quick and efficient...

Privacy Commissioner establishes pathway for agencies to request ‘Advisory Opinions’

John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, today released a new ‘Advisory Opinions’ Policy under which Government Ministers and public and sector agencies may seek an advisory opinion from the Commissioner concerning the application of the Privacy Act 1993.

The process is intended to promote understanding of the information privacy principles and give greater certainty to Ministers and agencies in relation to the Act’s operation in particular circumstances.

Privacy Commissioner finds flaws in credit reporting practice

The Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has found inadequacies in the way the three major credit reporting agencies – Veda, Centrix and Dun and Bradstreet – respond to requests for personal information from individuals.

The check found that two of the three national consumer credit reporters failed to respond to at least two access requests.

The three agencies all delivered reports within the legal timeframes when requests were made through the agency’s website. Report reque...

Privacy Creatures for Privacy Week

What does a privacy creature look like? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner set exactly that challenge for artists at five community art workshops.

Privacy Commissioner releases 2015 credit reporters’ assurance reports

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has released the latest compliance assurance reports submitted by the national credit reporting companies.

This time, the Privacy Commissioner asked the credit reporters to provide particular assurances around specific topics of interest arising out of the recent privacy case Orcon v Taylor.

The Orcon case highlighted real risks for consumers as a result of careless reporting of credit defaults by credit providers, such as banks or utility compa...

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Privacy Forums in Privacy Week

You can book now to attend our Privacy Forums in Wellington and Auckland during Privacy Week. The early bird fee of $150 per person only applies until 17 April.

Privacy Commissioner amends codes of practice

The Privacy Commissioner has issued updated codes of practice to take into account a number of technical changes made by the Harmful Digital Communications Act.