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Police not requiring photo ID in quake zone

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has looked into reports by some news media that Police were insisting travellers along SH1, south of Seddon, carry photo ID.

Privacy Commissioner launches review of credit reporting law

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards today released a discussion paper inviting submissions on whether ‘positive credit reporting’, introduced to New Zealand following a law change five years ago, has been a success and whether the law was operating satisfactorily. 

Positive credit reporting displays more complete information about an individual’s credit commitments, including details of all their borrowings and whether he or she made the payments due each month.         ...

International study finds privacy shortfalls in Internet of Things devices

More than half of Internet of Things devices don’t properly tell customers how their personal information is being used, an international study has found.

The study, by 26 data protection regulators around the world, including the NZ Office of the Privacy Commissioner, looked at a variety of devices and considered how well companies building these devices communicated privacy matters to their customers. The study included smart electricity meters, internet-connected thermostats and w...

Privacy Commissioner monitoring Yahoo hack

The Privacy Commissioner is monitoring the Yahoo hack that compromised up to 500 million users’ accounts.

The hack affects a small portion of the 825,000 email accounts that Spark provides to users through its partnership with Yahoo.

The hack exemplifies the international nature of privacy, with the US Federal Trade Commission and Irish Data Protection Commissioner already working together to make enquiries into the incident.

The Yahoo hack included names, email address...

Ask us about privacy

We've launched a new way to answer your privacy questions - AskUs can help you find out what you want to know about your privacy rights and obligations.

AskUs, which can be found on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner website, allows people to access reliable privacy guidance at any time. It’s similar to using a search engine, but this one is designed to answer questions you may have about information privacy and the Privac...

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.