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NEW PRIVACY ACT FOR NEW ZEALAND IN FORCE FROM 1 DECEMBER 2020 EXTENDS TO OFFSHORE ENTITIES DOING BUSINESS IN NZ

New Zealand’s Privacy Act 2020 recently went into force with key changes such as an extension of the powers and functions of the Privacy Commissioner, the strengthening of cross-border protections, the introduction of criminal penalties for certain behavior, and an increased focus on risk management and early intervention by “agencies.” How will the Commissioner’s powers […]


MANPOWER GROUP SURVEY SHOWS NEW ZEALAND EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK.

The latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for New Zealand shows employers reporting conservative hiring plans for the second quarter of 2019. With 14 percent of employers expecting to increase payrolls, five percent anticipating a decrease and 80 percent forecasting no change, the resulting Net Employment Outlook is +9 percent. Employers in all four organization size […]


HOW CAN HR PROTECT AGAINST EMPLOYEE FRAUD?

Robyn Conza, Country head – Australia and New Zealand at First Advantage, discusses pre-employment screening and the importance of rescreening to prevent ongoing employee fraud and mitigate risk. He notes that fraud in actual dollar terms is costing the Australian economy approximately half a billion a year. The non-financial impact manifests itself in organizational culture […]


BACKGROUND CHECKS LAGGING IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand criminals are entering Australia without background checks, causing concern for Australian authorities. Under a Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, Australian visitors complete an  incoming passenger card to declare whether they have convictions, but some are lying on the form, and background checks are not being done.  There is no system in place that allows Australian […]


MP’s Bill Step in the Right Direction

MP Sue Moroney has proposed a Privacy Amendment Bill, which would enact many of the Law Commission’s recommendations by strengthening the powers of the Privacy Commissioner by empowering her office to issue compliance notices and conduct privacy audits of public and private sector agencies where this is warranted. The current complaints-driven process has been criticised […]


New Government Chief Privacy Officer

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman and Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain say there will be a stronger focus on privacy and security across government with the creation of a Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO). “The Department of Internal Affairs is being realigned to strengthen privacy and security across the public service,” said Coleman. “The creation […]


John Edwards Named New Privacy Commissioner

Wellington lawyer John Edwards is the new Privacy Commissioner. He replaces Marie Shroff who has completed two five-year terms in the role. Edwards is a barrister and solicitor who has been working in public law and policy for more than 20 years, and has been on the staff of the Office of the Ombudsmen, the […]


Draft Amendments Reform DPO Functions

The Ministry of Economy published – on 16 October 2013 – draft amendments to the Data Protection Act 1997 (the Act). The amendments offer a simplified registration procedure if an organisation appoints an Administrator of Information Security, which is similar to a Data Protection Officer (DPO). However, organisations choosing to appoint a DPO will be […]


New Zealand Data Protection Authority’s Powers Held Back By Government Veto

The Privacy (Giving Privacy Commissioner Necessary Tools) Amendment Bill that would have given greater powers of control to the New Zealand data protection authority, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the DPA), has been blocked by a negative vote in New Zealand Parliament. The draft bill proposed by the Labour opposition party states, “At the […]




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