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Privacy Breach Reporting

Written by David Alizade PARTNER on August 30th, 2021.    

The Privacy Act 2020 (Act) is now more than six months old. Under the Act, organisations must report serious privacy breaches to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) – predictably, this has resulted in a large increase in the number of privacy breaches being reported. This update runs through the types of breaches that have been reported so far, and new guidance issued by the OPC in relation to breach reporting.
Topics: Commercial , Privacy

Legal Update: Privacy Act 2020 now passed into law

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on July 20th, 2020.    

After a long journey through Parliament, the Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) was passed into law on 30 June, and will come into force on 1 December 2020.  The Act retains the key privacy principles found in the Privacy Act 1993.  It builds on these with additional changes to reflect the major technological developments that have occurred over the last 27 years. Click through to read more about the key changes the Act will introduce and suggest changes your business may need to make to comply with it. 
Topics: Business, Privacy

Legal update: Privacy Bill's slow progress

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on February 18th, 2020.    

The Privacy Bill is in the final stages of the legislative process, but we do not know yet when it will be in force.  Reform of the current Privacy Act 1993 is long overdue, and the changes proposed will affect all organisations doing business in NZ that collect, use or hold information on individuals in NZ.  The key changes are…
Topics: Business, Privacy

Privacy Bill Update: Select Committee Report is out

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on March 15th, 2019.    

On 13 March 2019 the Justice Select Committee released its report on the proposed Privacy Bill which will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993.  The Privacy Commissioner previously lobbied for a number of changes to the Bill but unfortunately the Committee did not give him everything on his wish list.  Below is a summary of the key changes the Select Committee has proposed to the Bill and the changes that did not make the cut.
Topics: All, Business , Privacy

AML: New Client Information Requirements for Law Firms

Written by Kelly Seabourne, PARTNER on June 6th, 2018.    

As from 1 July 2018 all law firms will be required to collect and verify information from prospective and existing clients about a range of matters, in order to comply with their legislative obligations to help combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Does the GDPR apply to your NZ business?

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER on May 25th, 2018.    

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018.  The GDPR changes the EU’s legislative framework around how organisations collect, store and manage personal data and, as a New Zealand organisation, you may be affected by the GDPR.  This flow chart gives a quick summary on whether the GDPR applies to your business.
Topics: All, Business , Privacy

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Why it May Affect You, and What You Need to Do

Written by David Alizade, PARTNER; on November 21st, 2017.    

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force.

The GDPR will change the EU’s legislative framework around how organisations collect, store and manage personal data and, as a New Zealand organisation, you may be affected by the GDPR. In this article, we discuss whether the new regulation could apply to your organisation, and what you need to do to ensure that you comply with a rapidly evolving global data protection landscape.
Topics: All, Business, Privacy

Privacy and Cyber Security in New Zealand

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER on August 23rd, 2016.    

Safeguarding privacy and cyber security are key concerns for businesses and consumers in 2016.  This article looks at the latest public research and what this means for you.

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