Spying in New Zealand

Spying by business and government agencies was largely been under the radar in New Zealand until being exposed over the last few years with Thompson & Clark Investigations Limited (TCIL). TCIL are a New Zealand registered company directed by Gavin Shane Clark and Nicolas Guy Thompson which, in their own words, We ensure a seamless […]

If you think AI is a long way off…

Your wrong. On May 8th Google announced Google Duplex. Google Duplex is a technology for conducting natural conversations to achieve real world tasks. In the examples given Duplex makes two phone calls. The first is a hairdressing appointment where it books an appointment for a client, interacts naturally with the unknowing person at the salon, […]

Make a submission on the Privacy Bill

There are many people who are amazed at all the controversy surrounding privacy at the moment. The European Union, Facebook, Google and Cambridge Analytica are in the news almost constantly and many people just don’t seem to care or refuse to consider how it effects them, especially in New Zealand. It might just be an […]

Does Trade Me deserve the Privacy Trust Mark?

At the beginning of 2018 in New Zealand there was a competition to design the Privacy Trust Mark for the Privacy Commission. This trust mark was to be used online to highlight excellent privacy practice in a product or service The winner was a graphic design artist from Christchurch and the final design is very […]

What is the cost of privacy online?

It is an interesting question. And, to be clear, I don’t mean the cost of not being private. The targeted advertisements, chilling effects, restrictions of freedom, loss of power, breakdown of trust and so on. I mean the actual monetary cost of choosing privacy respecting services with which to live our online lives. It turns […]

Freedom of Social and Political Activities

The effect of online tracking largely results in a chilling effect on peoples behavior in social and political activities. A brief search of a persons Facebook can cause an obvious and marked change as to how that person is viewed as an employee. But so can signing up to, or visiting, a website. The New […]

Data privacy allows for freedom of thought and speech

In much of the world world it is assumed that people should have some freedom of thought and speech. In New Zealand these are expressed in section thirteen and fourteen of the Bill of Rights Act 1990. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and […]

Data collection can affect peoples lives

Data collection can affect the control of peoples lives in both the physical and online worlds. This is because people make many decisions based on information, whether or not that information is true, or the lack of information. This can apply to the use of peoples data in cases such as filter bubbles where we […]