Written on 13 May 2019 by Peter Hughes

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It is Privacy Week 2019.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner marks Privacy Week each year to promote privacy awareness and to inform people of their rights under the Privacy Act. It’s also an opportunity to educate businesses, organisations and agencies about their responsibilities and obligations with personal information.

The theme for 2019 is Protecting privacy is everyone's responsibility. In today’s connected world, privacy is much more front of mind and is even more important to what we do as public servants.

The Public Service holds a lot of information about citizens, and we must be vigilant in how we exercise the significant responsibilities and powers entrusted to us by New Zealanders.

This is fundamental to the integrity of the Public Service. We need the confidence and trust of the public to do our jobs.

We must also remember that this is not just about protecting the information we gather. We are responsible for what we do with that information, and we must be transparent about how it is used.

This year’s theme reflects that we are all responsible for protecting the privacy of the information we hold and the people we serve. I encourage you to take some time this week to consider the importance of privacy and to brush up on your responsibilities under the Privacy Act.

There’s also lots on for Privacy Week. You can find out about all the events and activities on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s website

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