24.11.2023

Privacy Commissioner to consult on Privacy Rules for Biometric Information

With the increasing use of facial recognition technology (FRT), retinal scans, and voice recognition by an array of different agencies, privacy concerns about its collection and use are set to be formally addressed.

The Privacy Commissioner has announced that his office will be progressing with an exposure draft for a privacy code of practice that will govern the collection and use of this biometric data in New Zealand. In the fast-approaching New Year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner will begin consultation with the public and obtaining feedback with a view to addressing key privacy concerns.

So, what are we to expect?

The Privacy Commissioner has identified three key proposals in relation to biometric information:

  • A proportionality assessment requiring agencies to assess whether it is necessary to collect and use biometric information.
  • Additional transparency and notification requirements for agencies that are collecting biometric information.
  • Purpose limitations to limit the reasons that agencies may collect and use biometric information.

Early 2024 will give the first opportunity for public engagement, with a further period of public consultation to follow soon thereafter. This gives time for privacy issues to be presented and key amendments to be made prior to the Code being issued under the Privacy Act.

Take a look at the Privacy Commissioners statement here.

Updates to follow as we enter the New Year, but we at Hesketh Henry highly recommend you watch this space!

If you have any questions or concerns about the changes to come, or about your current privacy practices, feel free to get in touch with our team, to see how we can help.

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this article is current at the date of publishing and is of a general nature.  It should be used as a guide only and not as a substitute for obtaining legal advice.  Specific legal advice should be sought where required.

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