Privacy Foundation New Zealand Working Groups

As at 11 May 2019

The Privacy Foundation NZ has 7 working groups:

  • Children’s Privacy (Convenor: Kathryn Dalziel)
  • Government information Sharing (Convenor: Kathryn Dalziel)
  • Health Care and Policy (Convenor: Barbara Robson)
  • International (Co-convenors: Katrine Evans and Blair Stewart)
  • Privacy Bill and Regulatory (Convenor: Marie Shroff)
  • Privacy in the Internet Economy (Convenor: Marcin Betkier)
  • Surveillance (Convenor: Gehan Gunasekera)

The groups are fluid and cross-working. They will change from time to time. The purpose, membership and contact points for each working group is given below.

Children’s privacy

Convenor: Kathryn Dalziel

Description: This group looks at privacy issues affecting children:

  • On-line privacy and security
  • Targeting of children for commercial or other gain (apps, games, toys, political campaigns, etc.)
  • Privacy and schools
  • Children’s health information (including mental health): collection; use; and disclosure
  • Collection of large data sets on children by government and non-government agencies
  • Aspects of the Privacy Bill focused upon children

Members: Kathryn Dalziel, Rebecca Lee, Kent Newman, Barbara Robson, Natasha Mazey


Government Information Sharing

Convenor: Kathryn Dalziel

Description: With increasing interest in sharing personal information of citizens across government, this group’s focus is on draft Approved Information Sharing Agreements (AISAs) that are sent out for public consultation as well as considering proposed legislation or regulation that involves sharing of information between government agencies.

Members: Kathryn Dalziel, Katrine Evans, Marie Shroff


Health care and policy

Convenor: Barbara Robson

Description: The working group will keep a watching brief on developments in the health information space, such as legislation, departmental initiatives (e.g. in NHI and electronic records), research, and other use of ‘patient’ information. It will be prepared to respond as required. Plans to reconfigure mental health and addiction services and increased sharing of health information with the social sector will likely be a focus of attention. The working group’s scope also includes disability services such as the privacy issues arising with the increasing use of digital technologies in disability service provision.

Members: Pat Cunniffe, Paul Holmes, Barbara Robson, Natasha Mazey

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Convenors: Katrine Evans and Blair Stewart

Description: The principal purpose of the working group is to monitor, learn from and contribute to international privacy initiatives including by building links with civil society and privacy protection organisations overseas. The working group will also act as a resource to the Committee and other working groups to assist on international aspects of other projects as required.

Members: Katrine Evans, Blair Stewart, Gehan Gunasekara, Natasha Mazey


Privacy Bill and Regulatory

Convenors: Marie Shroff and Katrine Evans

Description: To monitor and comment on significant legislation and regulations affecting privacy. The Privacy Bill is expected to be a prime focus for the working group in 2019.

Members: Marcin Betkier, Kathryn Dalziel, Katrine Evans, Gehan Gunasekera, Alida van Klink, Keith Norris, Barbara Robson, Marie Shroff, Blair Stewart, Nalin Wijetilleke


Privacy in the Internet Economy

Convenor: Marcin Betkier


The purpose of this group is to discuss and comment on the impact of the online economy on the privacy of individuals and wider society.

The online business models evolve towards greater than ever dependability on personal data. Those data are a crucial asset to achieve and retain competitive advantage. This is because they give better information about customers, allow companies to provide better services which attract more users and bring more money. So, companies compete in collecting personal data and positioning themselves in data flows. However, those data are about real people and the collection and use may carry risks which have economic and personal dimensions for the individuals concerned. Such ‘economic’ risks may eventuate in discrimination, manipulation, or identity fraud, while ‘personal’ risks may eventuate in harms to human dignity (e.g. treating individuals purely as objects of commercial activities, causing distress and humiliation) and autonomy (e.g. preventing individuals from making their own choices in life).

Therefore, the range of topics for this group may be broad, as they may be related to economic, technological, societal and legal/regulatory aspects of digital economy (or digital markets). This includes, for example, online business models and the use of personal data, automated processing of personal data, security of services and networks, impact of Internet services on individuals and societies, data sovereignty of states (societies), and informational self-determination of individuals.

Members: Reuel Baptista, Marcin Betkier, Natasha Mazey



Convenor: Gehan Gunasekera

Description: Having exploded into public consciousness following the Snowden revelations in 2013, surveillance has remained a high-profile public issue as evidenced by recent controversies involving Huawei and 5G in New Zealand. Surveillance issues spans a large number of areas such as the use of CCTV, facial recognition through to market surveillance that may lead to the targeting of vulnerable groups or discrimination including price discrimination. Understanding the issues and educating the public is important. Amongst other things, the group would hope to look at:

  • How well oversight laws on NZ’s intelligence and security agencies are working, and
  • What technologies exist to enable metadata to be released on production of a warrant while excluding metadata not so authorised for release.

Members: Marcin Betkier, Gehan Gunasekara, Blair Stewart, Caitlin MacDonald, Natasha Mazey