News

13
Mar

Justice Committee Report on the Privacy Bill

The Justice Committee has recommended that the Privacy Bill be passed with the amendments included in their report: www.parliament.nz

28
Feb

Patient documents missing, reportedly lost in ‘a gust of wind’

Joanne Carroll Stuff, 28 February 2019 www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/110908726/privacy-breach-as-300-patient-files-go-missing The Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board are currently investigating what they are calling a “potential privacy breach” following a member of the public finding documents, in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby, containing the personal information of West Coast DHB patients on February 11. The documents that were found were only part of

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19
Feb

Digital platforms inquiry: Preliminary report

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its preliminary report for the Digital Platforms inquiry. The report can be viewed using the following link: www.accc.gov.au/focus-areas/inquiries/digital-platforms-inquiry/preliminary-report

19
Feb

“Data Portability” is coming to Australia

Gordon Hughes AM & Andrew Sutherland Davies Collison Cave, 15 February 2019 The “Consumer Data Right” (CDR) is currently under consideration by the Australian Parliament. CDR will expand upon the current provisions of Australian Privacy Principle 12 in the Privacy Act which allows for individuals to access “personal information” about themselves. If passed by the Australian parliament, CDR will give businesses as well as individuals the

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11
Feb

Law Commission calls for submissions on DNA collection rules

The Law Commission is undertaking a review of the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995, which regulates the Police’s powers to collect and use DNA in investigating crime. The Commission’s review aims to determine whether the Act is fit for purpose and identify areas for improvement. Since the collection and use of DNA raises significant privacy issues, the Law Commission

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30
Jan

Finns take first steps towards European Health Record

Kate McDonald Pulse+IT, 25 January 2019 www.pulseitmagazine.com.au/blog/4760-finns-take-first-steps-towards-european-health-record The movement toward digitising personal health records within the European Union has seen Finland and Estonia becoming the first two countries in the EU to allow digital prescriptions. These ePrescriptions will allow Finnish patients, who have been prescribed medicine electronically in Finland, to obtain their prescriptions from pharmacies in Estonia. It is expected that EU’s eHealth Digital Service

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23
Jan

Woody Hartzog: Control is not the privacy solution it’s made out to be

Woody Hartzog “International Association of Privacy Professionals” YouTube Channel, 18 January 2019

19
Dec

Australia’s encryption law threatens NZ cloud data

Richard MacManus Newsroom, 18 December 2018 www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/12/17/363412/australias-new-encryption-law-threatens-nz-cloud-data Following the introduction of the controversial “Access and Assistance” bill in Australia, which requires any organisation operating in the country to give the Australian government access to their IT system if requested, there have been concerns raised about the privacy and security of the vast amount of data from New Zealand being stored in Australia.

14
Dec

NZ courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out

Toby Manhire The Spinoff, 13 December 2018 NZ courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out

27
Nov

Andrew Little: NZ is watching Facebook closely and will take action if needed

Toby Manhire The Spinoff, 27 November 2018 www.thespinoff.co.nz/politics/27-11-2018/andrew-little-insists-nz-does-give-a-shit-about-the-impact-of-facebook-on-democracy/ New Zealand’s justice minister, Andrew Little, has stated he is “watching very keenly” international efforts, such as those of the “international grand committee on disinformation and ‘fake news’”, to hold Facebook accountable for the impact that fake news spread on the platform has had on democracy as well as on how they treat their users’ data.

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