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Privacy Commissioner recommends data portability, brakes on data re-identification and fines up to $1 million

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has recommended to Government, as part of its plans to reform the Privacy Act, that the penalty for a serious breach of personal information could be a fine of up to $1 million.

If adopted, the Privacy Commissioner would be able to apply to the High Court for a civil penalty of up to $100,000 for individuals and up to $1 million for public and private sector organisations, for serious breaches (as is the case in Australia).

The recommendation is...

Privacy Commissioner updates code of practice to allow faster emergency response

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has amended the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code (TIPC) to allow a state of the art system to gather and share automated mobile emergency caller location information. The system will help emergency services to respond more quickly by providing them with information about a caller’s location.

“In the last year, the Police recorded over 1,800 incidents in which they had to make a special request to a network operator for information about...

Media advisory: funeral service for Sir Bruce Slane

Sir Bruce Slane’s funeral will be held tomorrow, 2pm, at St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity, at the corner of St Stephens Avenue and Parnell Road, Auckland. 

For biographical information, tributes, background information and interviews, please contact Sam Grover, Communications Advisor for the Privacy Commissioner on 021 959 050 or sam.grover@privacy.org.nz.

ENDS

For further information, contact Sam Grover 021 959 050

Privacy Commissioner names non-complying agency

The Privacy Commissioner has found that TD Drilling 2014 Ltd, also trading as TD Drilling Ltd (TD Drilling) breached principles 5 and 6 of the Privacy Act in withholding and then losing employee information in the course of an employment dispute.

Employment dispute

Mr R was an employee for TD Drilling. He became concerned that his colleagues had been taking drugs at work, and he notified his boss Mr S, and asked for the matter to be treated in confidence.

Police not requiring photo ID in quake zone

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has looked into reports by some news media that Police were insisting travellers along SH1, south of Seddon, carry photo ID.

Privacy Commissioner launches review of credit reporting law

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards today released a discussion paper inviting submissions on whether ‘positive credit reporting’, introduced to New Zealand following a law change five years ago, has been a success and whether the law was operating satisfactorily. 

Positive credit reporting displays more complete information about an individual’s credit commitments, including details of all their borrowings and whether he or she made the payments due each month.         ...

International study finds privacy shortfalls in Internet of Things devices

More than half of Internet of Things devices don’t properly tell customers how their personal information is being used, an international study has found.

The study, by 26 data protection regulators around the world, including the NZ Office of the Privacy Commissioner, looked at a variety of devices and considered how well companies building these devices communicated privacy matters to their customers. The study included smart electricity meters, internet-connected thermostats and w...

Privacy Commissioner monitoring Yahoo hack

The Privacy Commissioner is monitoring the Yahoo hack that compromised up to 500 million users’ accounts.

The hack affects a small portion of the 825,000 email accounts that Spark provides to users through its partnership with Yahoo.

The hack exemplifies the international nature of privacy, with the US Federal Trade Commission and Irish Data Protection Commissioner already working together to make enquiries into the incident.

The Yahoo hack included names, email address...