Recent Events

Advancing Digital & IT Law

25th and 26th November 2019

The Advancing Digital & IT Law Conference examines New Zealand’s tech laws and regulations, and how business innovation and digital & IT law interact within the modern ecosystem. With emerging technologies challenging traditional notions of ethics, border, privacy and legal frameworks, this event explores the interplay and the flexibility needed to keep pace with innovation and change, alongside the critical legal updates needed to ensure your compliance.

This is your opportunity for discussion and professional exchange of experience on cross-over topics in the fields of digital, technology and IT law.

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Boost your privacy during Cyber-Smart week – and help others do the same!

Privacy and security have a lot in common – after all, it’s hard to protect privacy if people’s information isn’t stored and used securely.

So, the Privacy Foundation is teaming up with CERT as part of Cyber-Smart Week (14-18 October). And we’re asking for the help of all our members to promote some tips that will help people to protect their own information from loss or theft.

What you can do

1. As members of the Foundation, you’re already privacy aware! But it’s still worth checking you’re doing the basics right. So how about taking one simple step every day in Cyber-Smart week to make sure you’re protecting your own privacy better?

For example:

  • Monday: Set up a password manager
  • Tuesday: Turn on 2 factor authentication on at least one account
  • Wednesday: Check all your devices are updated
  • Thursday: Clean up your online accounts – check your privacy settings and ditch accounts, groups or contacts that aren’t relevant any more
  • Friday: Report a scam email or phone call.

If you need more information about what to do, have a look at CERT’s website (

2. If you’ve already got those listed options covered, the CERT website has plenty of other ideas – drill down into each topic area and see what you can find.

3. For those of you who are experts in an area, share your own tips both with us and with others. We’d love to hear your ideas.

4. Spread the word! Talk to your family, friends and colleagues about what you’re doing, and retweet our Cyber-Smart week messages (@PrivacyFdn_NZ). Follow CERT too and watch out for messages from other Cyber-Smart week partners.

Data Privacy in the Big Data Era

Auckland: Tuesday 4 June 2019: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Wellington: Tuesday 11 June 2019: 5:30pm-7:00pm

The technology and promise of big data, together with algorithms and artificial intelligence, have revolutionised our society. They bring not only new opportunities, but also risks, to the way we live, work and make decisions. In private business and in the public sector, these evolving technologies have been used for the purposes of profiling, monitoring, predictive analysis and risk calculation. At the same time, we, as individuals, have become digitised data selves. More worrying, the proxy data self can dictate the life of the corporeal self, as we have seen in the practice of financial credit scoring or social credit scoring.

This lecture explores data privacy protection for the digitized persona, focusing on the challenges brought by profiling. The speaker argues that we should move from a pure opt-in consent regime to an accountability model for big data analytics.

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Rating Reputation: Online Defamation and the Search for a Techno-legal Solution

Thursday 6 June 2019: 5:00pm – 6:00 pm

The 21st century has witnessed a blossoming of rating, evaluation or even blacklisting sites. We are living in a “reputation nation,” where our conduct is evaluated often by anonymous individuals in different aspects, entailing the dangers of shame sanctions. This reputation rating system is far from being a system of formal adjudication. It may carry false or incorrect information, and may not allow an individual to correct such information.

Drawing on judicial jurisprudence in the UK, US and Germany on online rating sites, this presentation examines how different jurisdictions have endeavoured to strike the balance between reputation and freedom of expression. What has yet to be addressed is the issue of how to develop a new model with an appropriate procedural layout that can accommodate social norms, technological advancement and the legal right to protect reputation on online platforms. In this lecture, the speaker advocates for a new regime that requires online rating sites to have netiquette and information policy, including the right to reply amongst other requirements.

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Internet futures reconsidered: Human rights and emerging technologies

Wednesday 15 May 2019: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Watch a recording of the presentation here:

Marianne Franklin is Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. During her visit to New Zealand, she will be presenting this PrivacyLive forum at the University of Auckland Business School in partnership with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Privacy Foundation of New Zealand.

Prof Franklin convenes the Internet Futures and Human Rights research hub at Goldsmiths and is founding editor of the Human Rights and the Internet series on openDemocracy.

Her presentation is about recognising that human rights – and privacy rights in particular – require protecting online as well as offline. But the global reach and market concentration of the world’s tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon continue to grow, putting pressure on existing human rights law and norms to respond in time. We’ve seen it recently in the inadequacy of Facebook’s response to the live-streaming of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Prof Franklin’s presentation will consider how these developments impact human rights advocacy for internet policy agenda-setting at all levels; internet design, terms of access and use, data and content management.

Prof Franklin is also convener of the MA Program in Global Media and Transnational Communications and Lead of the EU/UK Hub in the Australian Research Council-funded international research project, Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler Societies.

She is also the author of a number of books, including Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet and numerous other publications, as well as a longstanding advocate for human rights approaches to internet policy-making at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum and the Council of Europe and EU Commission.

Privacy law at a cross roads: can the courts provide some direction?

Wellington: Tuesday 6 November 2018: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Auckland: Thursday 8 November 2018: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Watch a recording of the Wellington lecture here:

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the Court of Appeal judge, the Hon Justice Helen Winkelmann, discuss ‘Privacy Law at a Crossroads: Can Courts Provide Some Direction?’ She will discuss informational privacy, including an overview of the state of data protection in New Zealand and internationally.

Justice Winkelmann will focus on the Privacy Bill, Europe’s GDPR and updated OECD rules, as well as offer her commentary on the absence of protection under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

The Sir Bruce Slane Memorial Lectures – in Auckland and Wellington – will be chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM DBE QSO.

The two lectures by Justice Winkelmann mark 25 years of New Zealand’s Privacy Act and are in honour of the nation’s first Privacy Commissioner, Sir Bruce Slane, who passed away in 2017.

The Sir Bruce Slane Memorial Lectures are brought to you in partnership with the Privacy Foundation NZ.

Book Launch and Public Lecture: Remedies for Breach of Privacy

Tuesday 30 October 2018: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Cutting-edge questions about remedies for breach of privacy will be examined in this combined public lecture and book launch.  The presentations will explore themes from the recently-published collection, Remedies for Breach of Privacy (2018, Hart Publishing) which examines the rationales for damages, injunctions, and alternative remedies in a range of different juridical and jurisdictional contexts.

Public Hearings on Credit Reporting Privacy Code Amendments

Wednesday and Thursday 10 – 11 October 2018

The public are welcome to attend the hearings on the proposed Credit Reporting Privacy Code amendments. Privacy Foundation made a submission supportive of them but is not speaking to its submission. Four submitters have asked to speak to their submissions.

These submissions will be heard at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Level 13, 51 Shortland St, Auckland.


Wednesday 10 Oct Submitter
2.30pm – 3.15pm Illion
3.30pm – 4.15pm Equifax
Thurs 11 Oct 
9.30am – 10.15am Centrix
11.00am – 11.30am Financial Services Federation

If any member of the public would like to attend the hearings please register in advance at:

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner presents:

Reviewing DNA use in criminal investigations

Wednesday 10 October 2018: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm

The Law Commission is reviewing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. DNA can be obtained from crime scene samples and compared to DNA that has been obtained from suspects or other known persons. Due in part to how the science has progressed in the last 20 years, this process raises an array of legal, social and ethical issues – including several that relate to privacy.

Kate McKenzie-Bridle, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser from the Law Commission Te Aka Matua o te Ture, will explore some of the questions around the use of DNA in law enforcement and how the answers impact on law reform in this area.

For a taster of the issues around DNA sampling and testing in law enforcement, visit the Law Commission’s website here.

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Working Towards Trusted Data Use

Wednesday 11 April 2018: 12:30pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for this PrivacyLive Forum and learn about the Data Futures Partnership’s Guidelines for Trusted Data Use from one of its authors, Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.

The Guidelines for Trusted Data Use were created for the Data Futures Partnership and they set out the key questions New Zealanders expect to be answered before they are comfortable sharing their personal information.

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner and Auckland Arts Festival present:

Orwell’s 1984: A book, a film, a play… and now a reality?

Wednesday 14 March 2018: 12.30-1.30 pm

This free event coincides with the Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Theatre Company season of a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary classic 1984, which comes to New Zealand after a smash-hit run across the world.

Seventy years since the book hit the shelves, is there more to say about this dystopian touchstone of privacy, surveillance and identity?

We invite you to find out.

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The Privacy Foundation New Zealand is pleased to present:

Blockchain’s Promise for Privacy

Tuesday 27 February 2018: 12.30-1.30pm

Associate Professor Alex Sims
Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland.

Some believe that blockchain technology signals the end of privacy. However, blockchain can be used to protect privacy. Indeed, blockchain promises to provide people with more control over their personal information than they currently have.

Please join us and learn about blockchain from one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on the topic.

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