Privacy Commissioner stories
Large cyber attack targets several government organisations
New-Zealand IT MSP suffers cyber-incident, affecting government agencies. Data held by Mercury IT NZ blocked. Investigations underway.
Private details of Otago students were exposed by digital fault
A digital security breach allowed personal details about most University of Otago students to be viewable to others.
Pinnacle cyber attack: Beware of suspicious emails, messages and bank activity - Deputy Privacy Commissioner
The Privacy Commission is advising victims of the Pinnacle hack to be wary of any suspicious cellphone communication or bank activity.
Patient details could be compromised as large North Island GP network hit by a cyber attack
Large North Island GP network hit by cyber attack, patient details potentially compromised. Investigation underway.
Aotearoa's new Privacy Commissioner shares focus moving forward
New Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster aims to prioritize privacy and increase data safety in New Zealand organizations.
Aotearoa gets a new Privacy Commissioner: Michael Webster replaces John Edwards
Michael Webster, who is currently the Secretary of the Cabinet, will step into the Privacy Commissioner role on 5 July 2022.
Why how you store data could make or break your business
Data storage can often be a low priority but the consequences can be devastating. Why is this so important and what should NZ companies be thinking about?.
OPC finds leading cause of privacy breaches is human error
Human error is responsible for the majority of serious privacy breaches, with email errors accounting for over a quarter, a report by the OPC reveals.
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.
Privacy Commissioner issues compliance notice to Reserve Bank following 2020 cyber attack
Privacy Commissioner issues compliance notice to Reserve Bank of New Zealand for breaching Privacy Act after cyber attack on third-party file sharing service.
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.
First AML awarded Privacy Trust Mark
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has awarded First AML a Privacy Trust Mark for its anti-money laundering platform.
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.
SecOps opens new Cyber Defence Operations Centre in Auckland
SecOps opens new Cyber Defence Operations Centre in Auckland's Parnell, with Privacy Commissioner officially opening the facility.
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.
Privacy Bill will mandate more transparency in Kiwi businesses - OPC
New Zealand businesses must prepare for new regulations around mandatory breach legislation, warns the Privacy Bill.
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.
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.
Air NZ awarded Privacy Trust Mark from Commissioner
Air New Zealand has become one of just three organisations in New Zealand to receive the Privacy Commissioner's Privacy Trust Mark.
Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
Privacy Commissioner hails upgrade to NZ's data laws with new bill.
InternetNZ says the Privacy Bill is a good start, but New Zealand can do better
InternetNZ calls for further improvements to New Zealand's Privacy Bill to ensure it is fit for the internet age.
Commissioners release privacy factsheet for .nz domain registrants
The Domain Name Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner have released new guidance to promote good privacy practices in the .nz domain name space.
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.
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%).