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Privacy
OPC finds leading cause of privacy breaches is human error
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says, “We are seeing clear patterns emerging since mandatory reporting of serious privacy breaches came into effect with the Privacy Act 2020 on 1 December last year.”
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Ransomware
Playing dumb no longer an option against ransomware reporting
Given the massive amounts of data enterprises hold, it may seem like an impossible task to prove what data was accessed and by whom. It isn’t. 
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Reserve Bank
Privacy Commissioner issues compliance notice to Reserve Bank following 2020 cyber attack
"It is necessary to publicly acknowledge the steps being taken by the Bank, to provide assurance to the public that these issues are being addressed," says Commissioner.
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Privacy Commissioner
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards tipped for top role as UK Information Commissioner
“While this consideration reflects the expertise of the Commissioner, it also reflects the work of the strong and stable team within the Office... and the results they have achieved for privacy in New Zealand.” 
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Privacy Commissioner
76 breaches reported in first four months of revamped Privacy Act
Barely four months since the Privacy Act 2020 came into force, early indications appear to suggest that mandatory breach reporting regulations are working.
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Privacy
First AML awarded Privacy Trust Mark
“First AML conducts regular, detailed staff privacy and security training sessions and employs regular third-party audits that go above and beyond what is required by law."
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Cybersecurity
Are you ready for a more privacy-focused New Zealand?
New Zealand’s new Privacy Act is now in effect, and there are significant changes that affect every organisation that operates in New Zealand.
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Cybersecurity
SecOps opens new Cyber Defence Operations Centre in Auckland
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards officially opened the centre this week, recognising SecOps’ efforts to provide managed security services to New Zealand businesses.
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Privacy
Privacy Act to roll out in December as Kiwis support stronger privacy laws
Of 1398 polled New Zealanders, 65% are in favour of strong privacy regulation, 29% are happy with the same level of regulation, and 6% prefer less legislation.
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Data breach
Privacy Bill will mandate more transparency in Kiwi businesses - OPC
“Privacy is about being transparent and clear with customers and protecting their personal information. It’s about telling people what you’re collecting and what you’re going to do with it."
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Data Protection
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards speaks at TechFest 2020
Edwards has a clear message: If New Zealand businesses undermine the issue of privacy, they will ruin their business.
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Online fraud
NZ credit bureau Centrix co-develops fraud detection service
The service has been put through a robust Privacy Impact Assessment and it was developed in accordance with New Zealand’s current privacy legislation.
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Cybersecurity
Air NZ awarded Privacy Trust Mark from Commissioner
“We see privacy as key to building and maintaining customer trust,” says Air New Zealand chief.
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NZ Government
Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
The Privacy Commissioner was seeking maximum breach fines of up to $1 million against body corporates.
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InternetNZ
InternetNZ says the Privacy Bill is a good start, but New Zealand can do better
"Privacy is an essential human right and the online world has brought many changes and challenges to how privacy works in the Internet age."
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Privacy
Commissioners release privacy factsheet for .nz domain registrants
"Clearly, privacy matters to a number of individuals in the .nz domain name space," comments Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey.
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Cybersecurity
New Zealand's first Privacy Trust Marks awarded to Trade Me and RealMe
RealMe and Trade Me’s Transparency Reporting websites are the first two recipients of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s new Privacy Trust Mark.
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Data Protection
Privacy Week: 79% of Kiwis concerned about businesses that share their personal info
Those on a lower income of $55,000 or less were more likely to be concerned about privacy (77%) than those with higher incomes (63%).
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NZ Government
New Zealand's Privacy Bill to get first reading in Parliament
New Zealand’s updated Privacy Bill is about to begin its first reading in Parliament with Andrew Little as the MP in charge.
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Yahoo
Yahoo's data hack nightmare continues
The fact that Yahoo may have known about the breach for a number of months before alerting the public shows why we need mandatory breach notification.
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Google
GOOGLE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR PRIVACY BLUNDER
The Police are now looking into the matter, via the National Cyber Crime Centre.
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Privacy Awareness Week
Private lives
Just how much privacy do you have these days? The internet poses the biggest single threat to privacy.