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Policy report

The future of digital identity in Australia

Digital identity systems provide an opportunity to unlock economic benefits by simplifying and securing user interactions with government and private-sector digital services. However, to realise those benefits, this report makes eight recommendations to balance convenience, privacy and security considerations.
Report

Data trust and data privacy: a brake on the data and digital dividend?

Data is increasingly available at scale and many of the fastest growing companies are built on data and data analytics. This paper reports data on Australian’s attitudes to data trust and data privacy and how these have changed since October 2018 using data from the...
Report

Facial recognition technology: towards a model law

This report responds to growing calls for reform around the use of facial recognition technology from leading voices in civil society, the private sector, government and academic experts. It outlines a model law to regulate the development and use of FRT in order to protect...
Report

Joint inquiry by the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Privacy Commissioner into Police conduct when photographing members of the public

A key finding from this inquiry is that where police take photographs of people in contexts outside those specific statutory situations, officers must comply with the Privacy Act and the information privacy principles within it, taking into account the status of digital photographs as sensitive...
Discussion paper

Privacy regulation of biometrics in Aotearoa New Zealand: consultation paper

Organisations are increasingly collecting people’s sensitive personal information and analysing it using biometric technology. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is seeking the views of New Zealanders on biometrics and their use in New Zealand in response to this consultation paper.
Working paper

The digitalisation of social protection before and since the onset of COVID-19: opportunities, challenges and lessons

This paper discusses the main opportunities and challenges associated with digital social protection, drawing on trends pre-COVID and since the onset of the pandemic. It offers eight lessons to help social protection actors capitalise on technology’s potential in a risk-sensitive manner.
Report

When billboards stare back: how cities can reclaim the digital public space

Our physical public areas – town squares, pedestrian zones, shopping centres and bus stops – are increasingly subject to unfettered digitalisation. This report sets out a number of concrete actions cities can take to increase their influence and effectiveness in protecting the data of their...
Report

Privacy awareness and engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand: insights report May 2022

This report brings together highlights of the biennial survey and the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner's internal insights reporting to provide a fuller picture of what New Zealanders think about in relation to privacy in New Zealand, and how they utilise their privacy rights.
Guide

Big data and national security: a guide for Australian policymakers

Data abundance, digital connectivity and ubiquitous technology are redefining national security and the way governments protect individual rights and freedoms. This analysis examines Australia’s policy options in a world defined by big data.
Discussion paper

Working with sensitive information

This document provides guidance on how the New Zealand Privacy Act applies to sensitive personal information.
Report

The use of QR codes to identify COVID-19 contacts and the role of data trust and data privacy

The aim of this paper is to provide an update on attitudes of the general public to data privacy during the COVID-19 period, as well as the factors associated with the use of QR codes and other government apps/web-sites for contact tracing purposes.
Report

One year under COVID-19 contact tracing apps: what has Europe learned?

A year after the introduction of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps in Europe, this report looks at their impact on digital rights. The authors identify three main problems with the way Member State governments introduced contact tracing apps
Discussion paper

Government’s forced rollout of facial recognition for home quarantine needs strict limits and protections

This paper argues that as state governments begin trialling home quarantine programs, they need to take active steps to ensure they are not crossing a new frontier in the surveillance of citizens by using facial recognition technology.
Report

Facial recognition technology: responsible use principles and the legislative landscape

The rapid development of facial recognition technology requires an exploration of how to use it responsibly, complemented in this report by an overview of the current legislative landscape in the United States.
Discussion paper

Please check-in: a blueprint for a safe, fair and ethical vaccination 'passport'

Mass vaccination is needed to mitigate against the effects of COVID-19, and to help Australia start to ease restrictions. This paper explores some fundamental principles which form the blueprint for a safe and ethical 'vaccination passport' system.
Article

What’s really at stake with vaccine passports

In this article, the author suggests that rather than thinking about vaccine passports as temporary and isolated public health-related measures, we should view them as just one example of how the pandemic is accelerating the rollout of digital identity infrastructure across the world.
Policy report

What’s ahead for a cooperative regulatory agenda on artificial intelligence?

The European Union has embarked on putting in place an aggressive regulatory regime for artificial intelligence (AI). In this report, Meredith Broadbent comments and reflects on the future of the transatlantic relationship and technological sovereignty.
Report

Surveillance and the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19: public health, data, and justice

This report maps a range of social fault lines and data-related challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has raised. In the process, it highlights some emerging best practices and lessons learned that can guide future emergency responses.
Report

Dialogues about data: building trust and unlocking the value of citizens’ health and care data

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing the opportunities and challenges of sharing health and care data to the front of public debate. This report sets out two interlinked challenges to building a data-driven health and care system.
Report

Exposed and exploited: data protection in the Middle East and North Africa

Across the Middle East and North Africa, data protection legislation is still in its infancy, and it remains a low priority in countries where data protection laws are either very weak or non-existent. In this report, the authors explore data protection legislation in Jordan, Lebanon...