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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Full day Privacy Week forum planned

This year, our office will be marking Privacy Week from 7-11 May 2018. The highlight of the week will be a full day forum held in Wellington on 9 May. We’re currently in the process of putting together an exciting programme of topics and speakers. More information, including registration details, will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Privacy Week is an initiative promoted throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It is an annual event to promote privacy awareness and to inform people of their rights under the Privacy Act. It is also to help educate businesses, organisations and agencies of their responsibilities and obligations with personal information. You can stay up to date with our Privacy Week planning through this newsletter and on our Privacy Week page. 

Privacy Act’s 25 year anniversary

The Privacy Act 1993 is New Zealand’s main privacy law. It mostly governs personal information about individual people. Now, 25 years after the Privacy Act 1993 was passed by Parliament, our office wants to mark this significant event. Later this month, we’ll be marking this privacy milestone through the year. Keep watching this place for more information about what we have planned and any changes that may be in store.  

Investigator vacancies

Our office has vacancies for two investigators based in our Wellington office. An ideal candidate would be a recent graduate who is able to bring enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for learning to the role. Our investigators investigate alleged breaches of the Privacy Act 1993, with a view to facilitating settlement wherever possible. There is a strong emphasis on using alternative dispute resolution methods to help resolve complaints. Does this sound like you? The deadline for applications is 12 February 2018. Find out more here

Talking about blockchain in Auckland

Join us to learn more about blockchain from one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on the topic. Associate Professor Alex Sims of the University of Auckland will discuss Blockchain’s Promise for Privacy in the first of our new Talking about Privacy in Auckland series of free public forums.

This hour-long presentation will be at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Auckland, on 27 February 2018, from 12.30pm. A full description of the event is available here. Register here to attend.  

Talking about Privacy in Auckland is an occasional series of free public talks, coordinated by our office in partnership with the Privacy Foundation NZ, iappANZ and Auckland Council.

Trust in privacy

Our Privacy Trust Mark Design Competition is closing soon and entries need to be in by the end of Thursday, 15 February 2018. We’ve already received many stunning designs which we’re looking forward to sharing for our People’s Choice Award. We’re particularly after entries from emerging student designers and artists.

To recap, the Privacy Commissioner is looking for a trust mark design that is attractive and conveys a "privacy first" approach taken by a product or service. The winning designer or artist will receive $3,500 for their entry. More information about the Privacy Trust Mark Design Competition can be found here

Taking care using drones and security cameras

Don't be creepy! Don't spy on people or point a camera directly at a neighbour's property, doors or windows. When you use drones or security cameras, it’s important to think about your neighbours and other members of the community. Check out our latest guidance on drones and security cameras for home owners, recreationalists and retailers. Hard copies of the guidance can be ordered by emailing us at  

Our latest blog posts

Artificial intelligence in health
Artificial intelligence in health
Author Vanya Vida    Date published 30 January 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term used to describe a broad basket of self-learning technologies. It is not only for self-driving cars, making shopping easier or for businesses to make better decisions in allocating their resources - but can reveal new insights into health issues and provide solutions to enable people to live a healthy life.

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Information sharing: Learning from overseas experience
Information sharing: Learning from overseas experience
Author John Edwards    Date published 30 January 2018

Privacy is sometimes wrongly seen as antithetical to information sharing. It is not. Privacy and information sharing are different sides of the same coin. Our Privacy Act could just have easily and just as accurately been called the Information Sharing Act. Rather than arbitrarily limit what information can be shared, with whom, and for what purposes, the Privacy Act provides a framework for safe information sharing.

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Taking photos on a plane
Taking photos on a plane
Author Charles Mabbett    Date published 31 January 2018

Can passengers take photos and videos on a plane? An airline approached us seeking guidance because the increasing likelihood of passenger recordings made on board a flight has clear privacy implications for the air crew and the other passengers.

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UK supermarket chain ‘vicariously liable’ for data leak
UK supermarket chain ‘vicariously liable’ for data leak
Author Angus Jamieson    Date published 2 February 2018

Ever wondered what would happen if your employee goes rogue and leaks confidential information? In a recent landmark decision, the High Court in Britain considered just that.

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