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Feedback sought on extending Emergency Caller Location service

Sarah Putt. 30 January 2020, 3:00 pm

The Privacy Commissioner is inviting public submissions on changes to the Emergency Caller Location Information service that would allow first responders to access the smartphone location of people at…

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UK throws Huawei a lifeline, for now

Paul Brislen. 29 January 2020, 7:09 am

The UK government has decided to allow Huawei to build some non-essential elements of its 5G networks - but the Americans aren't happy.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 24 January 2020, 4:08 pm

In this week's Brislen on Tech:

Jeff Bezos can't remember his iTunes password and conducts business via Whatsapp, or he used to.

Plus, is the Kiwi appetite for investment in tech start-ups fina…

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Back to School BYOD advice

Sarah Putt. 21 January 2020, 3:05 pm

If you have a 'Back to Schooler' in your house, CERT has provided guidelines for parents to help their kids protect themselves and their personal information online. It's good advice for all of us.

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Ransomware attacks on the rise

Paul Brislen. 13 January 2020, 9:22 am

Cyber security is sure to be a hot topic this year with organised criminal activity increasing both locally and internationally. Welcome to 2020.

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Top 10 in tech for the decade (continued)

Sarah Putt. 19 December 2019, 7:26 am

Tech has taken on a more dystopian feel this decade. Where once we may have greeted each new idea with wide-eyed enthusiasm, we now consider the downside first. Here is the second half of my top ten i…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 06 December 2019, 4:00 pm

This week on Brislen on Tech, ITP TechBlog Paul Brislen looks at:

Major changes at Google after 21 years in the business.

Why cyber-security is upper-most in mind.

And what to think when even…

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Cyber-attacks on the rise: CERT NZ

Sarah Putt. 05 December 2019, 4:04 pm

In the last quarter, CERT NZ received the highest number of reports to date, with 1354 incidents resulting in $3.8 million in direct financial loss. And it seems no one is immune to the threats.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 01 November 2019, 4:00 pm

Happy birthday to the TIN report - 15 years of data and what a bumper year we've had. It was released this week and shows some great results.

Plus, Facebook gets egg on its face over donuts... And …

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New survey scores NZ privacy highly but some work still to be done

Paul Brislen. 16 October 2019, 7:21 am

New Zealand makes it into the top ten countries in the world for privacy protections but still has some work to do, according to a new survey.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 11 October 2019, 3:05 pm

this week from ITP TechBlog editor Paul Brislen:

A sporting contest between broadcasting and the internet - who will win? No end in sight to live streaming's dark side.

And has Facebook given up…

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Primary Health Org in massive data breach

Paul Brislen. 07 October 2019, 6:36 am

The Ministry of Health is reminding health care providers that as well as having a duty of care to patients, these organisations have a duty of care to their data as well.

The call comes after Well…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 04 October 2019, 3:00 pm

In this week's Brislen on Tech, Techblog editor Paul Brislen looks at the phone market and how it isn't what it used to be; and that's a good thing.

Also, how is the government getting on with the …

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On privacy and elections: five minutes with Andrew Little

Paul Brislen. 30 September 2019, 6:24 am

The Honorable Andrew Little is the Minister for Justice and as such responsible for the new Privacy Bill and also for overseeing our election process. Techblog editor Paul Brislen caught up with the m…

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Funding Privacy: Is New Zealand keeping up?

John Edwards. 26 September 2019, 5:00 am

How does New Zealand stack up in terms of funding privacy? A guest post from the Privacy Commissioner.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 13 September 2019, 3:00 pm

Our new Privacy Bill is nearly ready - but is it fit for purpose?

Deep fakes are coming - is our Electoral Commission ready for fake news?

And when it is acceptable to punch a contractor on the …

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Jack Dorsey comes to town to discuss fake news and extremism

Paul Brislen. 09 September 2019, 5:49 am

As pressure mounts again on the social media giants (Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft) to do more to combat extremism, Twitter's founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is jetting in to New Zealand to talk…

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Hi Jack - Dorsey's Twitter account breached

Paul Brislen. 02 September 2019, 7:13 am

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's Twitter account was hijacked over the weekend despite having two-factor authentication (2FA) turned on.

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The privacy paradigm shift - huge fines show privacy issues can no longer be ignored

Frith Tweedie. 30 August 2019, 1:48 pm

Privacy is fast becoming a major issue for organisations and regulators alike. What can we learn from international examples and what does that mean for New Zealand? A guest post from Frith Tweedie, d…

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New data rules for the health sector as phishing attack hits home

Paul Brislen. 28 August 2019, 5:56 pm

The Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines around the treatment of personal data the same week as Capital and Coast District Health Board is caught out by a phishing scam.

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