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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...