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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Season's greetings

The Privacy Commissioner and his staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is our final Privacy News for 2016.  Privacy News will return in January.

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Privacy Research Week

Privacy researchers and privacy professionals are in Auckland this week for our Privacy Research Week events. These include the Asian Privacy Scholars Network 5th International Conference; the Privacy, Security and Trust 14th Annual Conference; the Privacy Research Symposium; and the Sexuality and Privacy in Aged Care Forum. Find out more about what's been happening.

Case note: Debt collector fails to check accuracy of information

A father of two young children complained to the Privacy Commissioner after a disputed debt with a childcare centre was referred to a debt collection agency, Law Debt Collection Ltd, that in turn referred it to a credit reporting agency. Read the full case note here.

2016's most popular blog posts

We're at that time of year where the media begins compiling its end of year "best of" lists. Here at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, we're happy to go along with this time-honoured end-of-year tradition. Here are our five most read blog posts for 2016:

  1. Pokemon a gogo
  2. Health information: the right to know made easy
  3. Recording of phone calls at the doctors
  4. To film or not to film
  5. Tinder, public shame and private affairs

2016's most asked questions on AskUs

We introduced a significant feature on our website in 2016 called AskUs. It's a search engine, it's an enquiry service and it's a convenient privacy education resource. It is all of these things. Here are the top five questions put to it since we got it up and running in July this year:

  1. What is personal information?
  2. Can I record someone without telling them?
  3. What should I do if there has been or I have caused a data breach?
  4. Are there any rules about where CCTV can be used?
  5. What is the Health Information Privacy Code?

Office closure over the Christmas period

Our offices will be closing on Friday 23 December, and reopening on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.  While we won't be open to answer your enquiries until then, you can get answers to many privacy-related questions at any time on AskUs. We hope it is helpful in giving you the answers you need over the holiday period.

Our latest blog posts:

Social services need to understand Privacy Act better
Social services need to understand Privacy Act better
Author Jimmy McLauchlan    Date published 1 December 2016

The consequences of not sharing information in the social services sector can lead to worsening family violence and child abuse cases, and more training in the Privacy Act is needed for those who work in the community frontline, are some of the new findings from research by Methodist Mission Southern.

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Tribunal dismisses costs application despite litigant's conduct
Tribunal dismisses costs application despite litigant's conduct
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 8 December 2016

“I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.” Voltaire’s words encapsulate the sharp reality that it can cost a lot of money for cases to be heard and decided in a court of law – even if you are the successful party. A recent Human Rights Review Tribunal case, for example, cost ACC just over $33,000.

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