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Opening up on privacy with NZ Privacy Commissioner

Navigating the changing privacy landscape and key changes to the Privacy Act.

John Edwards
5:00pm — 7:00pm, 17 February 2020
The George
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Price members
$40.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$60.00 incl GST


Join us for our first evening event of 2020 with guest speaker John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand. John will speak on the key changes to the Privacy Act, which is expected to come into force this year, priorities for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2020, and the changing privacy landscape domestically and internationally.

John Edwards

John Edwards was first appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014 and was re-appointed for a further 5 year term in February 2019.  Prior to this he practiced law for over 20 years. John has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues.

John chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters. In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, he held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga. 

In October 2014 John was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.

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Additional information


We have been monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are keeping up to date with Ministry of Health guidance with regard to events and public gatherings. All our courses are still running as per schedule. However, we do ask that anyone attending one of our courses follows current Ministry of Health recommendations.

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Sharynn Johnson
Canterbury Branch Manager

+64 3 968 6468

Our sponsors

The Canterbury Branch acknowledges the generous support of

Duncan Cotterill
Secure Strategy
University of Canterbury

Book this event

  • Fully booked


    17 Feb 2020
    Members — $40.00
    Non-members — $60.00
    Please ph 04 499 0076 to be placed on the waitlist