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Phil Pennington,RNZ stories

Phil Pennington, a reputable journalist with RNZ, delves into the intricate world of cyber security and technology within New Zealand's public sector. His analytical approach sheds light on the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by health IT systems, which have been found susceptible to significant cyber-attacks.

With a keen eye for detail, Pennington explores the controversies surrounding government agencies, particularly the criticism levelled at the Department of Internal Affairs for their handling of compromised intelligence systems and the consequent risks to data integrity.

Pennington's investigative pieces often reveal a disconnect between policy and practice, as seen in his reporting on the exclusion of district health boards from important SIS cyber security programmes and the refusal to divulge details about cyber security defences, especially in the wake of ransomware attacks.

His interest goes beyond cyber defence; he also sheds light on the emerging technological concerns such as the New Zealand Police's retraction of an algorithm designed to predict motorists' behaviours and the potential data privacy risks posed by police drones possibly interfacing with servers accessible to the Chinese government.

The implications of technology on civil liberties and rights also resonate in Pennington's work, as he challenges the claims of global tech giants over data control and raises the issue of the government overlooking Māori data specialists' input on facial recognition technology.

Lastly, Pennington critically examines the biases potentially inherent in police use of algorithms, highlighting concerns that such tools may exacerbate existing discrimination within law enforcement. His stories tackle the complex intersection of technology, governance, and social equity with a methodical and thoughtful approach.

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New Zealand cloud provider challenges Google's claims on data control for region
Fri, 12th Aug 2022
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A Wellington cloud services provider says Google's claim it will offer New Zealanders complete control over their own data is not true.
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Māori data specialists not consulted on facial recognition technology - data sovereignty expert
Thu, 28th Jul 2022
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Māori data specialists are accusing the government of ignoring them while going ahead and expanding the reach of facial recognition technology.
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DIA accused of being soft on vendor who delivered faulty software
Mon, 30th Aug 2021
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Documents released under the OIA reveal degraded intelligence systems at the Department of Internal Affairs, risking data integrity.
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Police IT disaster recovery a 'very high risk area', audit reveals
Mon, 2nd Aug 2021
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Police computer systems ill-prepared for major hack, pushing for more data powers, says audit. High risks identified. (110 characters).
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DHBs not included in SIS cyber security programme
Mon, 19th Jul 2021
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SIS won't include district health boards in information security programme despite concerns over cyber defences.
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Police drop technology designed to predict motorists
Fri, 16th Jul 2021
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New Zealand police abandon algorithm to predict motorists' likelihood of getting into serious trouble on the road.
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Police using algorithms 'a huge problem' for biases, researcher says
Fri, 16th Jul 2021
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A researcher is worried the proliferation of crime-fighting computer algorithms will only make ingrained police bias against Māori worse. .
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DHBs refuse to release information on cyber security systems
Mon, 5th Jul 2021
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District health boards in New Zealand refuse to release reviews of their cyber security systems, following a ransomware attack on the Waikato DHB.
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2020 stocktake found health IT systems vulnerable to 'significant' cyber attacks
Wed, 26th May 2021
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Government and health boards in New Zealand were warned about the vulnerability of the country's health IT systems to significant cyber threats last year.
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Police drone data risks ending up on servers Chinese government can access - reports
Thu, 13th May 2021
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Police drones used in trials are at risk of data ending up in Chinese cloud servers, but benefits outweigh risks, reports say.