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Right to Know Day panel confirmed

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman are marking Right to Know Day with a PrivacyLive Forum on Thursday 28 September 2017. The panel is now confirmed and will consist of:

  • Leo Donnelly, Office of the Ombudsman
  • Dr Bryce Edwards, Transparency International
  • Katrine Evans, Hayman Lawyers
  • Brent Edwards, Radio New Zealand (moderator)

The panellists will discuss people’s right to know under the Privacy Act and the Official Information Act and the conversation will be recorded by Radio New Zealand and broadcast at a later date. Topics will include:

  • Why the right to know information matters?
  • What are the grounds to withhold information?
  • How well do the access laws work in practice?

The hour-long event is at the Mokopuna Room, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Wellington at 12pm on Thursday 28 September. You can register to attend here. We will also be live streaming this event on our Periscope account. 

Privacy Commissioner ‘very concerned’ at VTNZ breach

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says he is very concerned about the findings of Justice Palmer that gang members were able to obtain the address of an informant from VTNZ.

Justice Palmer made the comment at the sentencing in the High Court in Auckland of six members of the Head Hunters’ gang for the kidnapping and manslaughter of Jindarat Prutsiriporn.

Mr Edwards says he will be asking VTNZ for details of the incident, and for an explanation of the security processes and procedures in place at VTNZ.

View the media release.  


Privacy and personalisation at iappANZ 2017 Summit

The broader privacy community are invited to explore the tension between privacy and data utilisation at the iappANZ 2017 Summit to be held in Sydney on 3 October 2017.

Join Australasia’s leading companies and government and regulatory representatives in exploring the latest issues in privacy regulation and policy, including:

  • Updates from Australian and New Zealand regulators
  • The EU’s GDPR – its impact in Australia and New Zealand
  • Managing privacy risk through de-identification and other protections
  • Safe data, trusted data use workshop
  • The ethics of spyware - what happens when you spy on a thief?
  • Cool or creepy? Navigating a safe path to unlock big data, AI and analytics.

The iappANZ 2017 Summit will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney. For more information including the attendance costs and the programme, visit the iappANZ website.  

Information Sharing Panel : KPMG and OPC joint event

Mark your diaries for this facilitated discussion where sector leaders will discuss what’s appropriate when sharing personal information and some of the safeguard and oversight mechanisms that can be used to ensure that people can have confidence that their personal information is being respected. It will also encompass the evolving conversation about the concept of a ‘social licence’ to share people’s information.  Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will facilitate the discussion.

The joint event is to be hosted by KPMG, in partnership with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, in Wellington on 2 November 2017 from 4.00-5.30 pm.

More details to follow.  

Our latest blog posts

A sincere apology is hard to beat
A sincere apology is hard to beat
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 12 September 2017

It is said that a sincere apology should include the three Rs – regret, responsibility and remedy. Why apologise and how to do it properly is a subject we’ve discussed before. But we continue to see apologies that fail to convince a complainant. So it’s something we thought we’d revisit in this post because the quality of an apology is an important part of our efforts to resolve privacy complaints.

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Advice for small organisations when there’s a complaint
Advice for small organisations when there’s a complaint
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 13 September 2017

If yours is a small business or organisation, there’s every chance you may be fairly inexperienced in what to do if you receive a request for personal information. But we hope you are at least aware that the Privacy Act gives people the right to make a request for information that is about them.

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