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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Case note: Woman wants insurer to delete her information

A woman wanted an insurance company to delete all the personal information it had about her. She said she had not made a claim and had since taken her business to another insurer. The insurer told the woman it could not delete information about her for ‘validation and financial reasons’. When the company refused her request, the woman complained to our office.

Read our case note here.

Make a date with Privacy Week

This year our office will be marking Privacy Week from 7-11 May 2018.

Privacy Week is an initiative promoted throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

Privacy Week 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.

We’ll be publishing regular updates on Privacy Week in our forthcoming newsletters and on our website. 

Talking about Privacy in Auckland

Some believe that blockchain technology signals the end of privacy. But advocates of this new technology say blockchain can be used to protect privacy by giving people greater control over their personal information.

Join us to learn more about blockchain from one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on the topic. University of Auckland Associate Professor Alex Sims 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 talk is at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Auckland, on 27 February 2018, beginning at 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 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in partnership with the Privacy Foundation NZ, iappANZ and Auckland Council.

Trusting privacy

There are fewer than three weeks left for our Privacy Trust Mark Design Competition. The deadline for entries is 15 February 2018.

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. We’ve already received a number of high quality entries and we’re expecting more. Student graphic designers and young artists are invited to enter the competition to create an eye-catching logo to represent privacy-friendly goods and services.

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.  

Our latest blog posts: 

Including privacy in a modern constitution
Including privacy in a modern constitution
Author Joy Liddicoat    Date published 13 December 2017

A recent project of Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler proposes “a modern constitution that is easy to understand, reflects New Zealand’s identity and nationhood, protects rights and liberties, and prevents governments from abusing power”.

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What’s happening with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
What’s happening with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 15 December 2017

Rumours of the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have proved premature. It has been given new life - with some important changes – as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). What has happened and does this mean anything for privacy?

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Highlights of APPA 48
Highlights of APPA 48
Author Blair Stewart    Date published 19 December 2017

Privacy authorities in our region rounded off the year in Vancouver with the 48th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum on 16-17 November. The meeting was hosted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC-Canada) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC-BC). Our office was represented by the Commissioner, John Edwards, and myself.

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Nosing around the Customs and Excise Bill
Nosing around the Customs and Excise Bill
Author Sophie Richardson    Date published 20 December 2017

Cast your mind back to 2013. Same-sex marriage was legalised in NZ, we learnt more about the activities of the NSA than we ever cared to know, Prince George was born, Margaret Thatcher died and our long Marmite (marmageddon) nightmare finally ended.

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