Guest author: John Edwards

Photo of John EdwardsJohn Edwards was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014 for a term of five years. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department.

Open sourcing our complaints code

When people make a complaint about privacy to us, the information is often sensitive and personal. For that reason, our web developers have developed a module for us that encrypts the complaint information when it is lodged online. We are making that solution available as an open source resource. Continue reading Open sourcing our complaints code

Choosing a web analytics provider

As a privacy regulator and watchdog, the Privacy Commissioner’s Office aims to try and be as exemplary as possible about how we handle the personal information that our website collects. Hence the dilemma we had last year when we moved to the Government’s Common Web Platform while wanting to collect information about our web traffic and at the same time maintain control over that information. Continue reading Choosing a web analytics provider