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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Maori Language Week

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori or Maori Language Week is next week and we’ll be highlighting some useful privacy phrases in te Reo. For example, did you ever wonder what the Maori name for our office means? Te Mana Matapono Matatapu literally translates as the Authority (dealing with) the Principles of Confidentiality.

For more information about what you can do in your workplace to mark Maori Language Week, visit the Maori Language Commission website

Also, look out for our Maori privacy phrases on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Policy roles at our office

Our Office has two unique opportunities to join our policy team. Policy is a significant part of our work. We provide advice to both government and the private sector and lead thinking about the privacy implications of new proposals, including information sharing and new technologies. Right now we need a Policy Adviser (permanent fulltime) and a Senior Policy Adviser (12 month contract). To find out more, contact Clive Horne at, or on 04 473 6699. There’s also information on our website. The closing date for both these roles is 13 July 2016.

Taking Privacy 101

If you only do one of our privacy e-learning modules, make sure it is the Privacy 101 course. Privacy 101 is our general online privacy training module and it is tailored for anyone who works with personal information. Privacy 101 focuses on the 12 information privacy principles contained in the Privacy Act and introduces you to the key concepts and definitions in the Act. And best of all, all our e-learning modules are free to use and are available on our website.


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Our latest blog post

Joined-up international privacy problem solving
Joined-up international privacy problem solving
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 24 June 2016

The OECD has just completed an important set of meetings. At its heart was the ministerial meeting on the digital economy which had as its theme innovation, growth and social prosperity. Preceding the main meeting was series of stakeholder forums.

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