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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Biometric and privacy
  • 07/10/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Biometric and privacy

Biometric recognition, or biometrics, is automated recognition of individuals based on biological or behavioural characteristics. Biometric information is personal information and is regulated by the Privacy Act. Biometric information is particularly sensitive and requires careful assessment before use. The increasing role of biometric…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner warns against paper-based contact tracing registers
  • 17/09/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner warns against paper-based contact tracing registers

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner is concerned that people are gaining access to personal information from paper-based contact tracing registers and using it in ways that breach peoples’ privacy. The Government’s introduction of mandatory record keeping requires businesses to display a…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner issues first compliance notice to Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • 16/09/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner issues first compliance notice to Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Privacy Commissioner has today issued a compliance notice to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, triggered by a cyber-attack in December 2020. This is the first time the Privacy Commissioner has issued a compliance notice since receiving these new…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner responds to RNZ reporting of personal information from Waikato DHB breach
  • 02/08/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner responds to RNZ reporting of personal information from Waikato DHB breach

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards is very concerned about RNZ’s reporting of personal information which was taken from documents leaked online following the Waikato DHB cyberattack. This reporting would appear to raise quite significant ethical questions, and I would be concerned…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: OPC sends warnings to organisations to get it right next time
  • 16/06/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: OPC sends warnings to organisations to get it right next time

In recent weeks, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has been contacting individual organisations about specific privacy breaches that have been raised with us. We’re taking a more proactive approach to remind and warn individual organisations of their statutory responsibilities…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner calls on DHBs to address IT vulnerabilities
  • 26/05/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: Privacy Commissioner calls on DHBs to address IT vulnerabilities

Privacy Commissioner is warning DHBs to address any security failings identified in a Ministry of Health stocktake of health IT systems in 2020. The office has been notified of the Waikato DHB ransomware breach and is monitoring the situation closely…

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BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: That was close! How to respond when you narrowly avoid a serious privacy breach
  • 28/04/2021

BY THE NEW ZEALAND DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY: That was close! How to respond when you narrowly avoid a serious privacy breach

Our personal information is precious. It is unique to each of us and tells a story about who we are. Under the Privacy Act, organisations that collect and hold personal information have a duty to protect it and respect it.…

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