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Why has my information been withheld? Shaun Ritchie
19 July 2017

Lock and Key

The Privacy Act gives you the right to request access to information about you (see principle 6). That right to access your personal information is essential if you want to maintain some understanding and control over who knows what about you. Your right of access is strong, and does not require you to provide reasons for wanting information.

Can I tell the cops? A guide for health professionals Richard Stephen
7 July 2017

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In their job, health professionals have to look after some of the most intimate details of their patients’ lives. This is a great responsibility, and patients trust and expect doctors, nurses and others to not just tell anyone. This obligation is recognised in the Health Information Privacy Code.

What do I do if I think a child is at risk? Sam Grover
6 July 2017

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If you think a child is at risk, can you tell someone? This video spells out the answer to this question: yes. If you think a child is at risk, tell a police officer, social worker or someone else who can help. You won’t get into trouble.

Making privacy tick Sophie Richardson
5 July 2017

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How far can you trust a product or service with your personal information? Our office wants to create a way for consumers to know if they are using a service or product that will protect their privacy and personal information.

Ask us about AskUs Sam Grover
21 June 2017

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Just under a year ago, we launched AskUs, our interactive FAQ with answers to hundreds of privacy questions. In that time, AskUs has helped to answer more than 16,000 privacy questions. 

Tribunal finds confusion over request led to delay Annabel Fordham
14 June 2017

Flickr The U.S. Army Taekwondo champion

Mr Brooks was an active Taekwondo competitor and a long-time member of the Taekwondo Union of New Zealand (TUNZ). He represented New Zealand in the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Championships.

Breach Case 4: Testing with real data Neil Sanson
9 June 2017

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Sometimes it seems a good idea to use real production data in a test environment. But doing so means security becomes even more important if you want to stop things going wrong.

Does your office blog? Charles Mabbett
31 May 2017

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A few months ago, our office asked our international privacy and data protection watchdog colleagues to let us know if their office was using blogging as a communications tool. The results received have been mixed and modest.