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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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Privacy breach at Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Paul Brislen. 26 August 2019, 5:00 am

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, is investigating a serious digital privacy breach involving the Tuia 250 Voyage trainee programme.

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Broadcom buys Symantec's enterprise security business

Paul Brislen. 12 August 2019, 7:03 am

Broadcom has bought Symantec's enterprise security business for nearly US$11 billion as company continues its mergers and acquisitions streak.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 09 August 2019, 8:45 am

What role do companies play in the free speech debate?

Will the next company to get hacked be as up front as the last one?

And happy birthday, internet. Why I remember when you were just a node …

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Has public Wifi become more secure?

Sarah Putt. 06 August 2019, 7:40 am

At the airport, in the café, or anywhere there is public Wifi, is it safe to login? Can you send a sensitive file or check your bank account without concern? Or is it better to wait until you are bac…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 02 August 2019, 5:00 pm

The spies would like us to break encryption because kicking in locked doors hurts their feet...

Donald Trump will tax French wine if the French tax US digital giants. Does he know where New Zealand…

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US Attorney General calls for backdoor access to messages

Paul Brislen. 31 July 2019, 7:23 am

The US government appears to be taking a leaf from Australia's play book in demanding that all tech companies provide backdoor access to secure messaging systems in a move that pits the government the…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2019, 8:30 am

If ever you needed more proof that social media giants want to own all our data the latest FaceApp noise should surely be enough.

Plus, do we need a strategy for tech in New Zealand? It's not a new…

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What it takes to gain a Privacy Trust Mark

Sarah Putt. 25 July 2019, 9:10 am

Why has only one company managed to earn the Privacy Trust Mark for a product or service from the Privacy Commission in over a year since it launched? Has no one else bothered to apply, and what does …

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Privacy Trust Mark a rare honour

Sarah Putt. 23 July 2019, 4:05 pm

The one thing you probably can't say about the Privacy Trust Mark is that it's easy to get. That's if you go by how many have been awarded since it was launched by Privacy Commissioner John Edwards in…

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77,600 drones and counting

Sarah Putt. 18 July 2019, 5:31 pm

There are a surprisingly large number of drones in New Zealand - with around 77,600 drones operating and 200,000 drones used by foreign tourists in the past year. Compare these numbers to the estimate…

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Looking for common ground on facial recognition vs the right to privacy

Alison Holt. 15 July 2019, 7:34 am

Facial recognition software is the latest battleground between privacy rights advocates and law enforcement agencies. Is there any common ground between the two parties?

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 12 July 2019, 1:30 pm

Social media companies want us to like them... so they're having a crack at a public relations campaign.

Plus, privacy is important, which is why British Airways will have to cough up $NZ357 milli…

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GDPR and cyber security in action

Buddle Findlay. 10 July 2019, 7:26 am

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that it intends to fine British Airways £183.39m for breaching the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Little and Large: the justice minister and the search engine

Paul Brislen. 08 July 2019, 8:13 am

The Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, has welcomed Google's apparent change of heart over the leaking of details identifying the killer of British backpacker Grace Millane.

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