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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Proposal to Have Privacy Officer to Implement Data Protection Law

New Zealand’s Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans has suggested that Malaysia have privacy officers to implement the data protection law. A privacy officer is the person in an agency who can understand its business and, at the same time, help the agency get it right in handling personal information. “I don’t know whether Malaysia has […]

Privacy Laws to be Overhauled

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced the Government would repeal and re-enact the Privacy Act 1993 following a Law Commission report released last year, which made more than 100 recommendations. “Our current privacy law has been in place for almost 20 years and predates the creation of the internet,” Collins said. “Huge changes to technology […]

Privacy Commissioner Wants Power to Police ‘Data Brokers’

New Zealand’s privacy commissioner is seeking additional powers to monitor companies that collect and sell personal data. Assistant Privacy Commissioner Blair Stewart, said the current version of the Privacy Act clears the way for enforcement only after a complaint is filed, but many citizens do not know of the existence of “data brokers”. Data brokers […]

Adequacy Status a ‘Real Coup’ for Business

The European Commission has formally recognized the adequacy of the data protection regime in New Zealand, making it the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to receive such recognition. The EU Justice Commissioner noted the importance of high standards of data protection in boosting international trade; the annual value of trade in goods and services […]

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 […]


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