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6 March 2024

We might be small, but we’re still adequate

The European Commission has decided that Aotearoa New Zealand will retain its EU adequacy status. This is important news for local organisations which market their products or services into the EU.  Aotearoa NZ's Privacy Act first received EU adequacy status in 2012. At that time,...

30 June 2023

Mānawatia a Matariki Here at Simply Privacy, we're thrilled that Matariki is now honoured as a public holiday in Aotearoa. We'll be heading out to see the beautiful Matariki cluster at sunrise on 14 July. Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki Mānawa maiea te ariki...

7 July 2023

Key takeaways from the Customer and Product Data Bill

The development of NZ’s Consumer Data Right has taken a further step forward, with MBIE’s release of an exposure draft of the Customer and Product Data Bill. The CPD Bill is intended to unlock the value of data, by improving customer access to and control...

26 February 2023

Ok Computer? Time to think about Responsible AI

Did you get the chance to have a play with ChatGPT over the summer break? ChatGPT – which Microsoft is incorporating into its Bing search engine – generates incredibly convincing, human-like text*. It also provides tangible evidence of the impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have...

26 February 2023

More decisions made on NZ’s Consumer Data Right

The Office of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has released a Cabinet Paper outlining further decisions on the Consumer Data Right (CDR). Subject to Cabinet agreement, the decisions made in this paper will inform the shape and content of the upcoming CDR Bill....

23 August 2022

Simply Privacy contributes to APAC research on consent

Our Principal and Director Daimhin Warner recently provided expert assistance to an Asia Business Law Institute + Future of Privacy Forum joint research project on the status of consent as a lawful basis for processing personal information in the APAC region. The full report for...

30 April 2022

Trusted transparency – Connecting the dots between what you say and what you do

This year's Privacy Week theme - trust - got us at Simply Privacy thinking about the role of transparency in the trust picture. Transparency is a well-known privacy concept. It's not news that being open about how personal information will be used and shared is...

7 February 2022

It’s all about the tone

As an executive leader in your agency how engaged are you with privacy?  Let’s reframe that – how engaged are you in managing the personal information that your organisation uses to provide services? Maturity assessments exist for variety of corporate activities, including security, risk and...

7 February 2022

A fresh take on privacy for 2022

This year, we expect to see many developments that will complement our reformed Privacy Act 2020, helping us to regain our position at the forefront of future-proofed privacy regulation, but also signalling the emergence of an Aotearoa New Zealand approach to privacy that reflects our...

13 November 2021

Privacy Commissioner publishes position paper on biometrics

Reflecting growing pressure from public and private sector agencies to utilise new technologies, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner released a timely position paper on the regulation of biometrics. The paper puts some stakes in the ground with respect to biometrics. It outlines how the...