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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.

Commissioner finds Immigration NZ in breach

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...