John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, today released a new ‘Advisory Opinions’ Policy under which Government Ministers and public and sector agencies may seek an advisory opinion from the Commissioner concerning the application of the Privacy Act 1993.
The process is intended to promote understanding of the information privacy principles and give greater certainty to Ministers and agencies in relation to the Act’s operation in particular circumstances.
The Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has found inadequacies in the way the three major credit reporting agencies – Veda, Centrix and Dun and Bradstreet – respond to requests for personal information from individuals.
The check found that two of the three national consumer credit reporters failed to respond to at least two access requests.
The three agencies all delivered reports within the legal timeframes when requests were made through the agency’s website. Report reque...
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has referred a case to the Director of Human Rights Proceedings after finding Immigration New Zealand breached a migrant’s privacy by failing to correct his date of birth.
The complainant came to New Zealand as a refugee in 2011 from Ethiopia.
Through no fault of his own, he arrived in New Zealand with incorrect information on his travel documents. His parents had died when he was very young and there was no record of his birth. Not knowing ho...