Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand

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Country or territory: New Zealand
Organisation: Privacy Commissioner
Chair:  John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner
Location/address:  51 Shortland Street (Level 13)
Auckland 1010
Primary contact: Blair Stewart
Number of staff:  41
Year established:  1991
Founding Act or Law:  Privacy Act 1993
Online profile (website, social media, etc.):
General description of activities: The Privacy Commissioner’s Office works to develop and promote a culture in which personal information is protected and respected.

The Privacy Commissioner administers the Privacy Act 1993. The Privacy Act applies to almost every person, business or organisation in New Zealand. The Act sets out 12 privacy principles that guide how personal information can be collected, used, stored and disclosed.

General description of enforcement actions (powers of investigation, inspection and/or sanction): The Privacy Commissioner’s Office has a wide range of functions. Some of these include investigating complaints about breaches of privacy, running education programmes, and examining proposed legislation and how it may affect individual privacy.
Number of decisions, opinions, recommendations in previous year:  In 2014/15 827 complaint files were closed.
Significant decisions, opinions or recommendations: All Privacy Commissioner case notes and Privacy Act decisions of Human Rights Review Tribunal are available at: