Privacy Commissioner now blogging

May 28th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The now has a blog. Worth subscribing to, if you are interested in issues.

I took part with the Commissioner in a forum last night, organised by IPANZ on what is the price of privacy. Was very enjoyable with a wide range of issues ranging from the recent European Court judgement on Google to data sharing between Government agencies, to data breaches.

One example I touched on was the request to have statistics on the percentage of homes owned by non residents. I agree that such data would be desirable. But it is worth noting that to get very accurate data you would need to data match between the property registers,┬ácitizenship registers (and we don’t really have one), immigration status databases,┬átravel records and current address records. Is that level of data collection and matching warranted for the information we would gain from it?

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5 Responses to “Privacy Commissioner now blogging”

  1. Auberon (869 comments) says:

    I’ve liked what I’ve heard of him on radio so far. Quite pragmatic. Not too wet. Let’s hope he manages to maintain a reasonable approach.

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  2. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    Privacy week? Is that a real achievement? Who observes all this nonsense. The only ones I observe are ones that give me a paid day off work. Long live the Queen! Down with the pro-republic.

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  3. Simon (685 comments) says:

    Where are the statistics on the percentage of people who use the natural squatting position when taking a shit? Such data would be desirable.

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  4. ross001 (120 comments) says:

    Is that level of data collection and matching warranted for the information we would gain from it?

    We already have a pretty good idea of foreign ownership of properties here. A survey last year revealed that 11% of properties purchased in Auckland were to foreigners. Should that be allowed to occur? I would say no if there is no intention to reside here.

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  5. Chris2 (756 comments) says:

    The Privacy Commissioner charges companies (whose taxes already fund the Commission) hundreds of dollars to attend half day training seminars on how to comply with the Privacy Act.

    I’m not aware of any other Government agency that charges businesses to learn how to comply with their own legislation.

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