The new Privacy Act - key resources for directors

By Institute of Directors
14 Oct 2020
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New Zealand’s Privacy Act has been modernised to reflect changes in the wider economy and society and to ensure it is fit for the technological world in which we live. The Act comes into force from December this year. Is your board and management team ready for the changes in compliance?

We have compiled key information and resources to help directors and boards prepare for the new Act.

Institute of Directors

Are you ready for the new Privacy Act? Article highlighting key features of the new Act and questions for boards.

Webcast: Opening up on the new Privacy Act with the Privacy Commissioner. In this one hour webcast we talk to the Commissioner about:

  • the changing privacy landscape domestically and internationally with a focus on the impacts of COVID-19
  • the key changes to the Privacy Act, which is expected to come into force in December
  • the priorities for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2020.

(only available for IoD members)

Office of the Privacy Commissioner 

Overview of the Act

Information sheets

A series of one page overviews on various aspects of the new Privacy Act 

E-learning module
A series of e-learning modules which provide an overview of the changes in the new Privacy Act, why the law was updated, and what you need to do to prepare for the new Act. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes.  Sign up at

Podcast series

In this six podcast series, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and General Counsel Joanna Hayward discuss the new Privacy Act. Listen to the first episode here

Aura Information Security

Privacy Act changes 2020. Get a plan. Be prepared In this short video, Aura outline what changes directors and executives may need to make to processes and systems to comply with the new laws.

Five cyber-security considerations for boards

For further resources from Kordia and Aura Information Security, including videos, checklists and guides, visit their Privacy Act 2020 Resource Hub


Are you thinking about privacy? In this article MinterEllisonRuddWatts share practical steps to help your prepare for the changes to the Act.

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