Recent Events

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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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner presents:

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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