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Privacy Week 2024: New Survey Reveals New Zealanders’ Privacy Concerns

Monday, 13 May 2024, 9:42 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

A biennial privacy survey of New Zealanders was released today to mark the start of Privacy Week 2024. More >>

New Survey Shows We All Need To Sharpen Up About Privacy Risks For Kids

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 10:15 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Concern about social media use was one of the three themes raised by experts and agencies working directly with children. The three key themes were: - Social media is a major concern, and a combination of guidance and regulatory changes are needed ... More >>

Kiwis Asked To Have Their Say On New Draft Rules For Using Biometrics

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 9:10 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has developed draft rules for the use of biometric technologies and is now asking what people think of those. Biometrics is the automated processing of physical and behavioural characteristics (face scans, ... More >>

Inquiry Into Foodstuffs North Island’s FRT Trial Starts Today

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 1:49 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Inquiry will monitor the privacy and data protection safeguards and controls stores have in place, how they are being used in practice and whether they are sufficient to manage risks. More >>

New Zealanders More Concerned Than Excited By AI

Wednesday, 13 March 2024, 10:59 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

New research shows that New Zealanders have privacy concerns about the use of AI, especially because it’s seen as unregulated and can be used for malicious purposes. In the research, almost half of respondents were more concerned than excited about ... More >>

Greater Penalties Needed: Privacy Commissioner Speaks To National Cyber Security Summit

Thursday, 7 March 2024, 1:20 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner, speaking at today’s National Cyber Security Summit in Wellington, has called for greater penalties for data breaches. This comes on the back of two major research studies that indicate widespread support, including from ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner To Keep A Close Eye On Foodstuffs North Island FRT Trial

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 8:46 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster will use his inquiry powers to keep a close eye on the facial recognition technology (FRT) trial that Foodstuffs North Island is starting on Thursday 8 February. The use of biometric technologies (which FRT ... More >>

New Zealand Is ‘adequate’, And We Couldn’t Be Happier About It

Tuesday, 23 January 2024, 9:55 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The European Commission has determined that New Zealand has an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the European Union. Essentially ‘adequacy’ says that our legislation isn’t the same as Europe’s, but its outcomes are similar ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner To Consult On New Rules For Biometrics

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 10:35 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner has announced that his Office will be consulting on new rules specifically for biometrics. Biometrics are increasingly collected by facial recognition technology (FRT), retinal scans, and voice recognition. Michael Webster, ... More >>

CCTV And School Bathrooms A Privacy Issue

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 10:54 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Schools concerned about behaviour in their bathrooms have been calling the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) asking about their options for using CCTV. Schools want to know if they can install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) networks in children ... More >>

AI Tools And The Privacy Act: Commissioner Issues New Guidance

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 10:05 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster will today outline how New Zealanders using AI tools can ensure they’re meeting their obligations under the Privacy Act 2020. "Thinking about privacy is vital if you’re going to use AI tools well. "The ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner Opens Consultation On The Children And Young People’s Privacy Project

Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 11:08 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Hutia te rito o te harakeke Kei hea te ko(ri)mako e ko Kī mai ki ahau He aha te mea nui o te ao? If you remove the heart of the flaxbush From where will the bellbird sing? If you say to me What is the most important thing in this world? The Office ... More >>

Proposed Change To Privacy Act Will Enhance Transparency

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 9:44 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Parliament will consider a change to the Privacy Act, which should mean New Zealanders will be better placed to understand what is happening with their personal information, says Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster. The Privacy Amendment Bill was introduced ... More >>

New Zealand Part Of Global Effort On Data Scraping

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 5:00 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The privacy of people online is being put first by international data authorities. Today, the privacy protection authorities of New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Norway, Columbia, Morocco, Argentina, Mexico ... More >>

Take Care When Merging - Public Datasets And Privacy

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 2:44 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The manipulation of data from two different government data sets has created an educational opportunity for the wider community. The creators of the website, whatdoesmylandlordown.org (WDMLO), a site that listed property owners and their address, built their web platform ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner Frustrated By Firearms Privacy Breach

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 9:50 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner is frustrated by the New Zealand Police’s recent serious privacy breach. The breach involved the inadvertent disclosure of 147 firearm owner’s email addresses by Te Tari Pūreke, the police’s new firearms safety authority ... More >>

Protect Your Privacy If You Want To Reduce Your Risk

Thursday, 29 June 2023, 11:42 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Research shows the risk to New Zealander’s privacy is on the rise but there are ways that people can protect themselves. "Whenever we are online, our private personal information is being recorded in various ways, and often sold in ways you ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner Encourages Submissions On Customer And Product Data Bill

Thursday, 22 June 2023, 10:13 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging submissions on a draft law that will give New Zealanders greater control over their information. The draft Customer and Product Data Bill establishes what is called a ‘consumer data right’. The ... More >>

Privacy Regulators Seek To Work Together To Address AI Issues

Thursday, 15 June 2023, 7:20 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy regulators across the Asia Pacific region want more cross-border cooperation when it comes to dealing with artificial intelligence (AI). The comments were made at last week’s Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) forum in Mexico. Privacy ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner Outlines Expectations Around AI Use

Thursday, 25 May 2023, 10:55 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster has today outlined his expectations around New Zealand agencies, businesses, and organisations using generative artificial intelligence (AI). "I would expect all agencies using systems that can take the personal ... More >>





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