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Budget 2023 Signals The Importance Of Privacy Rights

Thursday, 18 May 2023, 2:30 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is pleased to see the privacy rights and protection of New Zealanders further supported in today’s Budget with an increase in funding to the Office over several years. The funding comes during a period of ... More >>

New Zealand-Australia Investigation Into Latitude Breach Begins

Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 12:13 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) have commenced a joint privacy investigation into the 12 March Latitude Financial data breach. This decision follows preliminary inquiries ... More >>

Privacy Week A Bonanza Of Privacy Ideas

Monday, 8 May 2023, 2:39 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Today marks the start of Privacy Week, where all New Zealanders can watch free online talks to better understand what their privacy rights are in the digital age. Topics include why it’s time to think about responsible AI, considerations that parents ... More >>

Privacy Rights In The Digital Age – Privacy Week 2023 Programme Launched

Monday, 1 May 2023, 3:27 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

New Zealand’s best and most accessible 101 educational boost about all things privacy is about to take place. Privacy Week (8-14 May) is the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s flagship educational event and it’s free and open to everyone. ... More >>

Three Tips For Avoiding Scammers This Easter

Thursday, 6 April 2023, 2:21 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is reminding people that just because they’re taking an Easter break, doesn’t mean scammers are. He’s got three top tips this Easter to keep your privacy safe: 1. Think before you click any link in an email ... More >>

New Zealand’s Biggest Data Breach Shows Retention Is The Sleeping Giant Of Data Security

Monday, 3 April 2023, 2:28 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

  Over one million past and present New Zealand drivers’ licences have been exposed as part of the attack on Latitude Finance, as well as people’s passports. Some of the 14 million New Zealand and Australia records taken are up to 18 years ... More >>

Getting Flipped By The Bird

Monday, 20 March 2023, 3:30 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The free and easy SMS two factor authentication (2FA) to log into your Twitter account ends today. That concerns Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster because it takes away one of the most common ways to verify who users are on their free accounts, which ... More >>

New Research Shows New Zealanders Have Fears About Privacy

Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 3:20 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy breaches are costing millions of dollars worldwide with agencies and businesses near and far in the crosshairs of internet criminals. This week an Internet NZ report revealed New Zealanders want their privacy kept safe and respected. Privacy Commissioner ... More >>

Injunctions – A Valuable Tool In Data Breach Toolkit

Friday, 24 February 2023, 11:41 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Protecting people in the middle of a fast-moving data breach must always be prioritised. Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster says the February injunction issued by the High Court to stop people sharing and using the data that was stolen in last year’s ... More >>

What The State Of National Emergency Means For Privacy Rules

Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 1:28 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

  A state of national emergency has been declared to assist with the response to Cyclone Gabrielle. The declaration applies to the six regions that have already declared a local state of emergency: Northland, Auckland, Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty, ... More >>

Privacy Week May 2023: Your Privacy Rights And Why They Matter In A Digital World

Thursday, 9 February 2023, 9:58 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

‘Privacy rights in the digital age’ is the theme for the Office for the Privacy Commissioner’s education flagship week, May 8 to May 14. Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster wants the public and the agencies and businesses that serve them to increase ... More >>

Notable Increase In Data Breaches Reported

Thursday, 12 January 2023, 2:33 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

This year make your new year’s resolution to be across your privacy obligations. There has been a notable increase in data breaches reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, prompting a reminder to agencies and businesses that they must ... More >>

Compliance Investigation Into Mercury IT Breach Commenced

Wednesday, 21 December 2022, 4:45 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner is warning the public to be aware that the Mercury IT breached data is protected by a court order. Justice Grice has released the reasons for making the interim orders this week. The High Court order prevents anyone from storing, ... More >>

New Zealand Archives Breach – Months To Notify Individuals

Monday, 19 December 2022, 2:52 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Urgency and care are always needed when a data breach occurs. There are lessons to be learned from the Archives New Zealand data breach that resulted in records containing sensitive health information being made publicly accessible, says Privacy ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner To Explore Biometrics Code

Thursday, 15 December 2022, 11:16 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

A code to regulate biometrics is being explored by the Privacy Commissioner. The use of biometric technologies, such as facial recognition or fingerprint recognition, is a matter of interest to privacy regulators around the world, says Privacy Commissioner ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner Considers Action On Ransomware Attack

Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 6:45 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

There has been a cyber security incident involving a ransomware attack on Mercury IT. Mercury IT provides a wide range of IT services to customers across New Zealand. This is an evolving situation. We were notified of the cyber security attack on 30 ... More >>

Right To Know Day Highlights New Zealanders’ Right To Access Information About Themselves

Wednesday, 28 September 2022, 9:58 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Organisations are obligated to give people access to personal information held about them, says Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster. Today, September 28, is international Right to Know Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the legal right New Zealanders ... More >>

Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics

Monday, 15 August 2022, 10:38 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner today launched its consultation paper, Privacy Regulation of ... More >>

New Zealanders’ Attitudes Toward Privacy Shifting But Key Concerns Remain – New Privacy Report

Monday, 9 May 2022, 9:49 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

New Zealanders’ attitudes toward privacy are changing as developing technologies and the global pandemic require us to share more personal information. But three-out-of-five New Zealanders still report concern about businesses sharing their personal information ... More >>

Personal Information Protection At Forefront Of Privacy Week 2022

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 5:27 am | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

New Zealanders care what happens to their personal information, and organisations can do better at preventing privacy breaches. Those are the twin findings of the Privacy Commissioner’s upcoming insights report, and the driver of next week’s ... More >>





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