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Privacy Commissioner scrutinises Foodstuffs' facial recognition trial
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Privacy Commissioner scrutinises Foodstuffs North Island's facial recognition trial over potential privacy issues and concerns about accuracy and bias among New Zealand's diverse populations.
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Large cyber attack targets several government organisations
Wed, 7th Dec 2022
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New-Zealand IT MSP suffers cyber-incident, affecting government agencies. Data held by Mercury IT NZ blocked. Investigations underway.
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Private details of Otago students were exposed by digital fault
Fri, 21st Oct 2022
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universities
A digital security breach allowed personal details about most University of Otago students to be viewable to others.
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Pinnacle cyber attack: Beware of suspicious emails, messages and bank activity - Deputy Privacy Commissioner
Mon, 17th Oct 2022
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The Privacy Commission is advising victims of the Pinnacle hack to be wary of any suspicious cellphone communication or bank activity.
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Patient details could be compromised as large North Island GP network hit by a cyber attack
Tue, 4th Oct 2022
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
Large North Island GP network hit by cyber attack, patient details potentially compromised. Investigation underway.
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Aotearoa's new Privacy Commissioner shares focus moving forward
Mon, 29th Aug 2022
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cloud services
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
New Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster aims to prioritize privacy and increase data safety in New Zealand organizations.
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Aotearoa gets a new Privacy Commissioner: Michael Webster replaces John Edwards
Wed, 8th Jun 2022
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bi
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big data
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data analytics
Michael Webster, who is currently the Secretary of the Cabinet, will step into the Privacy Commissioner role on 5 July 2022.
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Why how you store data could make or break your business
Mon, 30th May 2022
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storage
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bi
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big data
Data storage can often be a low priority but the consequences can be devastating. Why is this so important and what should NZ companies be thinking about?.
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OPC finds leading cause of privacy breaches is human error
Wed, 1st Dec 2021
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
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email
Human error is responsible for the majority of serious privacy breaches, with email errors accounting for over a quarter, a report by the OPC reveals.
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Playing dumb no longer an option against ransomware reporting
Thu, 14th Oct 2021
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malware
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ransomware
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cybersecurity
Given the massive amounts of data enterprises hold, it may seem like an impossible task to prove what data was accessed and by whom. It isn’t.
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Privacy Commissioner issues compliance notice to Reserve Bank following 2020 cyber attack
Wed, 15th Sep 2021
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
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data breach
Privacy Commissioner issues compliance notice to Reserve Bank of New Zealand for breaching Privacy Act after cyber attack on third-party file sharing service.
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Privacy Commissioner John Edwards tipped for top role as UK Information Commissioner
Fri, 27th Aug 2021
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waikato district health board
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards named preferred candidate for UK Information Commissioner, pending UK Parliament's decision.
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76 breaches reported in first four months of revamped Privacy Act
Mon, 10th May 2021
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privacy
Barely four months since the Privacy Act 2020 came into force, early indications appear to suggest that mandatory breach reporting regulations are working.
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First AML awarded Privacy Trust Mark
Fri, 22nd Jan 2021
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privacy
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aml
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has awarded First AML a Privacy Trust Mark for its anti-money laundering platform.
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Are you ready for a more privacy-focused New Zealand?
Tue, 1st Dec 2020
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cybersecurity
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mimecast
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privacy act
New Zealand’s new Privacy Act is now in effect, and there are significant changes that affect every organisation that operates in New Zealand.
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SecOps opens new Cyber Defence Operations Centre in Auckland
Thu, 17th Sep 2020
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cybersecurity
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mssp
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secops nz
SecOps opens new Cyber Defence Operations Centre in Auckland's Parnell, with Privacy Commissioner officially opening the facility.
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Privacy Act to roll out in December as Kiwis support stronger privacy laws
Tue, 30th Jun 2020
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cloud services
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hyperscale
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public cloud
Of 1398 polled New Zealanders, 65% are in favour of strong privacy regulation, 29% are happy with the same level of regulation, and 6% prefer less legislation.
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Privacy Bill will mandate more transparency in Kiwi businesses - OPC
Mon, 16th Mar 2020
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
New Zealand businesses must prepare for new regulations around mandatory breach legislation, warns the Privacy Bill.
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Privacy Commissioner John Edwards speaks at TechFest 2020
Tue, 3rd Mar 2020
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data protection
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breach prevention
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cybersecurity
Edwards has a clear message: If New Zealand businesses undermine the issue of privacy, they will ruin their business.
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NZ credit bureau Centrix co-develops fraud detection service
Wed, 19th Feb 2020
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privacy
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cios
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online fraud
The service has been put through a robust Privacy Impact Assessment and it was developed in accordance with New Zealand’s current privacy legislation.
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Air NZ awarded Privacy Trust Mark from Commissioner
Fri, 26th Jul 2019
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cybersecurity
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privacy
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air new zealand
Air New Zealand has become one of just three organisations in New Zealand to receive the Privacy Commissioner's Privacy Trust Mark.
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Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
Thu, 14th Mar 2019
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breach prevention
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privacy
Privacy Commissioner hails upgrade to NZ's data laws with new bill.
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InternetNZ says the Privacy Bill is a good start, but New Zealand can do better
Wed, 6th Jun 2018
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breach prevention
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privacy
InternetNZ calls for further improvements to New Zealand's Privacy Bill to ensure it is fit for the internet age.
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Commissioners release privacy factsheet for .nz domain registrants
Mon, 14th May 2018
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nz
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privacy
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domain name commission
The Domain Name Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner have released new guidance to promote good privacy practices in the .nz domain name space.