7 April 2016
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...
17 March 2016
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.
3 March 2016
We have received assurances that the receivers of DSE are aware of and will comply with their obligations under the New Zealand and Australian Privacy Acts.
1 March 2016
The Privacy Commissioner has published guidance to help local councils enhance privacy in their information-handling practices.
18 February 2016
Government agencies made nearly 12,000 requests for personal information from 10 New Zealand companies last year, according to a new OPC report.
7 December 2015
If you find a security problem in the Officer of the Privacy Commissioner’s website, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards wants you to tell him about it.
24 November 2015
Privacy Commissioner announces grants for four independent privacy research projects in the inaugural funding round for the Privacy Good Research Fund.
24 November 2015
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards releases his Office’s annual report covering his first full year in office.
2 October 2015
The Privacy Commissioner has welcomed the findings of the report looking at the systemic failings which enabled Phillip John Smith to escape overseas.
17 September 2015
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.
3 September 2015
An international project looking at websites and apps used by children has raised concerns over the personal information collected.
18 August 2015
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has referred a case to the Director of Human Rights Proceedings after finding Immigration New Zealand breached a migrant’s privacy by failing to correct his date of birth.
The complainant came to New Zealand as a refugee in 2011 from Ethiopia.
Through no fault of his own, he arrived in New Zealand with incorrect information on his travel documents. His parents had died when he was very young and there was no record of his birth. Not knowing ho...
7 August 2015
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says the Data Futures Partnership is a key step towards a data-driven environment that respects and protects personal data.
6 July 2015
The Harmful Digital Communications Act that is now in force makes some changes to the scope of the Privacy Act, such as closing the ‘revenge porn’ loophole.
12 June 2015
The Privacy Commissioner is calling for applicants for a new privacy-related research funding programme worth up to $75,000 in total.
10 April 2015
International data protection and privacy commissioners welcome the recent decision by the UN Human Rights Council to appoint a special rapporteur on privacy.
30 March 2015
Reports that privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash prompts New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to give Privacy Act reassurance.
14 January 2015
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has released the latest compliance assurance reports submitted to his office by the national credit reporting companies.
12 January 2015
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joy Liddicoat as our Assistant Commissioner (Policy and Operations).
11 December 2014
The Privacy Commissioner is among 23 privacy authorities which have signed a letter urging app operators to make links to privacy policies mandatory for apps.