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Privacy Commissioner’s first advisory opinion
The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) posed us a question about whether it could publish the addresses of fire incidents on its website in order to reduce the administrative burden from insurers seeking this information. The NZFS asked whether addresses of fire incidents are personal information and, if so, if disclosing this information would be a breach of the Privacy Act.
In a first advisory opinion, the Privacy Commissioner said addresses of fire incidents often constitute personal information, and disclosing them in this way would be a breach of the Privacy Act. He suggested an alternative way of sharing this information with insurance companies without compromising privacy.
Advisory opinions give agencies certainty about how the Privacy Commissioner would respond to an issue. Read the opinion here.
Privacy Commissioner named photography agency
The Privacy Commissioner named a photography business, Expression Sessions Ltd, as the result of a complaint from a mother who found photos of her children used in advertising. The woman had taken Expression Sessions up on an offer for a free photo shoot for children with the option for parents to later purchase the prints. When she decided not to purchase the photos, she was told they would be deleted. Some time later, she discovered images of her children used in advertising material, including a large print poster.
The Commissioner formed the view Expression Sessions had breached principles 3, 4, 9 and 10 of the Privacy Act. Read about our investigation here.
Privacy Commissioner named drilling company
The Privacy Commissioner found that TD Drilling 2014 Ltd, also trading as TD Drilling Ltd, breached principles 5 and 6 of the Privacy Act in withholding and then losing employee information in the course of an employment dispute. The dispute involved an employee who had become concerned that his colleagues had been taking drugs at work, notified his boss and asked for the matter to be treated in confidence.
Read about our investigation here.
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