2016 Privacy Week

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Privacy Week 2016 (9-14 May) — “Privacy in your hands”

p align=”center”>The UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Privacy, Professor Joseph Cannataci, will be visiting New Zealand during Privacy Week this year. While he is in New Zealand, he will give keynote presentations at our Privacy Forums in Wellington and Auckland. 

The Privacy Forums are at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington on 11 May and at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland on 12 May.

Our Privacy Forums are always oversubscribed. This year, we have an especially strong line-up of speakers and topics. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

Register for the Wellington Privacy Forum here.

The Wellington Privacy Forum programme is here.

Register for the Auckland Privacy Forum here.  

The Auckland Privacy Forum programme is here.

Joe Cannataci

Joseph Cannataci

Prof Cannataci is the world’s first privacy investigator at this international level. He was appointed by the United Nations to the newly created position last year.

He is the Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance  at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. He also holds the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen.

It is a special honour that he has accepted our invitation to visit New Zealand during Privacy Week. You can read our blog post about Professor Cannataci here.   



Timothy Pilgrim

We are also pleased to welcome the Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, as a speaker at the Auckland Privacy Forum. 

Mr Pilgrim was appointed as Acting Australian Information Commissioner from 20 July 2015. Prior to this, he was the Australian Privacy Commissioner from 2010-2015. 

He played an important role in the implementation of the APEC Privacy Framework and also been closely involved in developing a framework for privacy regulators to cooperate on cross-border enforcement matters. 



Privacy – in your hands

This year, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) has adopted ‘Privacy – in your hands’ as its theme for Privacy Week (9-14 May 2016).

In keeping with the APPA theme, we’ve made access to information the focus of Privacy Week in New Zealand.

Access your own information

Access to your information is your right. Principle 6 of the Act gives people the right to access personal information held about them by organisations. It is an example of how people can take control of their privacy by finding out what information organisations hold about them.

We’ll be marking 12 May as ‘Right to Know’ Day and highlighting Principle 6 of the Privacy Act – the right to access information about yourself from an organisation. There’s more on this as Privacy Week approaches.

Other activities

In other ways, Privacy Week will be a busy and creative time for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

  • We will be curating an online exhibition of privacy-themed art by artists from five community art workshops – Vincents Art Workshop in Wellington, Ōtautahi Creative Spaces in Christchurch, Toi Ora in Auckland, Sandz Studio in Hamilton, and Artsenta in Dunedin. 

  • There will be two lunchtime Technology & Privacy Forums in Wellington – on 9 & 10 May. Details for registraton will be made available soon.

  • The results of our latest UMR survey on public attitudes towards privacy and data protection. Read the results of our latest UMR survey here. 

  • New colourful Privacy Week resources from the 18 members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities which is promoting this year’s theme: ‘Privacy – in your hands’.

  • New online privacy resources for organisations will be launched during Privacy Week.


Privacy Week in your organisation

A privacy-savvy workplace can help prevent data breaches and build trust and confidence with your public.

Tell us what you’re doing for Privacy Week. Make up a privacy quiz in your workplace or get everyone to do our online privacy training modules.

For more information about Privacy Week, stay in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, and our blog and Privacy News issues for regular updates on what we have planned.