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Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors

Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.

The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption backdoors.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

New Zealand Will Consider Schrems II Decision in Implementing Own Privacy Act

New Zealand’s Data Protection Authority has offered its take on the Schrems II ruling that invalidated EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

The decision does not directly affect transfers of data from the EU to New Zealand because such transfers are conducted on the basis of the adequacy decision in place. But the influence of this decision on international data transfers more generally is likely to be significant.

New Zealand will also be considering the decision in Schrems II as it develops model contract clauses under the new Privacy Act 2020 coming into force on 1 December 2020 and imposing limits on international transfers of personal information.

Source: International data transfers: The Schrems II decision

NZ police used unapproved facial recognition software to search for suspects

An unapproved police trial of controversial facial recognition software conducted dozens of searches for suspects in NZ.

Police did not have any of the necessary clearance from their bosses, the government or the Privacy Commissioner to test American software Clearview AI. Police conducted a short trial between February and March, but decided not to use the technology.

Clearview, which is used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world, is effectively a searchable database of billions of images lifted from the internet that can easily identify people once their photos are uploaded.

Source: Police used unapproved facial recognition software to search for suspects | Stuff.co.nz

Tech industry told ‘privacy is not absolute’ and end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’

An international network of intelligence agencies, so-called Five Eyes nations – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in a joint communiqué and statement of principles has told the tech industry that ‘privacy is not an absolute’ and that the use of end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’.

The statement on privacy contains a veiled threat to tech companies that they may face legislation if they don’t take steps to ensure that they can allow access to ‘appropriate government authorities.’

Source: Tech industry told ‘privacy is not absolute’ and end-to-end encryption ‘should be rare’ | 9to5Mac

New Zealand police eyeing up newer, smarter CCTV facial recognition technology

Cops look to upgrade their CCTV surveillance technology, sparking calls for a privacy debate.

With a network of CCTV cameras across the country, it would give criminals fewer places to hide. Also in the high-tech system would be suspects, prisoners, firearms licence details, missing people and those on the child sex offender register.

Source: Police eyeing up newer, smarter CCTV facial recognition technology | Stuff.co.nz

Privacy Commissioner: Facebook must comply with NZ Privacy Act

The Privacy Commissioner says Facebook has breached the Privacy Act 1993. The Commissioner’s finding comes after Facebook refused a complainant access to personal information held on the accounts of several other Facebook users.

The social media company said the Privacy Act did not apply to it and it did not have to comply with the Commissioner’s request to review the information requested by the complainant. The Commissioner found Facebook was subject to the Privacy Act and had fundamentally failed to engage with the Act. He said Facebook’s position that the Privacy Act did not apply to it was surprising and contrary to its own Data Policy in regards to responding to legal requests for any personal information it held.

Source: Office of the Privacy Commissioner | Privacy Commissioner: Facebook must comply with NZ Privacy Act

New Zealand’s DPA releases Data Subject Access Tool

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to ask for personal information about you. Here’s an easy way to ask for your personal information from any organisation, business or government agency in New Zealand. Just fill required information in form and get you request file ready to send.

Source: Office of the Privacy Commissioner | AboutMe (Request My Info Tool)

Importance of terms and conditions in information sharing

A man complained that his new Automobile Association (AA) card was configured so that it would share his personal information with a supermarket chain. He had been informed in a letter from AA about the new relationship between the two organisations. Members using their AA card at the supermarket chain would be entitled to discounts on fuel.

Source: Office of the Privacy Commissioner | Case note 284190 [2017] NZPriv Cmr 11: Man complains about Automobile Association card information sharing

Ex-employee denied access to his 12,000 work emails

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner decided that work emails belong to employer, though at the same time acknowledging that emails generated in a work capacity did meet the test of being ‘personal information’. Employee may request specific emails that are private, but not all emails created during employment.

Source: Academic denied request for 12,000 work emails (Case Note 287145) [2017] NZPrivCmr 12 (13 December 2017)

2018 global legislative predictions in privacy

Taking a look at the activities of 2017, it’s clear that the coming year will see lots of movement on the privacy front. This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup consists of contributions from around the globe on expected and potential legislation. With more than 20 entries coming in from countries and regions spanning Argentina to Zimbabwe, hopefully we’ve hit on some important upcoming developments you should have on your radar.

Source: 2018 global legislative predictions