News

16
May

WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone

The New York Times, 13 May 2019 www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/technology/nso-group-whatsapp-spying.html

2
May

‘Privacy focused’ Facebook puts the spotlight on groups with new design

Stuff, 1 May 2019 www.stuff.co.nz/technology/social-networking/112366145/privacy-focused-facebook-puts-the-spotlight-on-groups-with-new-design

5
Apr

Australia passes social media law penalising platforms for violent content

Paul Karp The Guardian, 4 April 2019 www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/04/australia-passes-social-media-law-penalising-platforms-for-violent-content

23
Mar

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman, Ronen Bergman and Nicole Perlroth The New York Times, 21 March 2019 www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/us/politics/government-hackers-nso-darkmatter.html  

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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