The Daily Swig: New Zealand launches data breach notification tool

The Daily Swig: New Zealand launches data breach notification tool. “New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has launched a new tool to help organizations based in the country determine whether a data breach needs to be reported or not. The tool, called NotifyUs, will enable data handlers to check whether it is mandatory to report a breach under new rules.”

Covid: One-way ‘travel bubble’ opens between Australia and NZ (BBC)

BBC: Covid: One-way ‘travel bubble’ opens between Australia and NZ. “The first passengers from New Zealand have arrived in Australia under new ‘travel bubble’ arrangements between the two countries. None of the passengers on the flight from Auckland to Sydney will be required to quarantine in Australia. However they will have to pay for their own quarantine in a hotel when they return to New Zealand.”

New Zealand Herald: DoC angry as Napier penguins illegally disturbed for ‘social media amusement’

New Zealand Herald: DoC angry as Napier penguins illegally disturbed for ‘social media amusement’. “The Department of Conservation (DoC) have been left ‘disturbed’ after reports of the public handling kororā/little blue penguins in Napier and posting images on social media. Disturbances to the animals, especially during nesting, can result in chicks being abandoned or dying.”

Radio New Zealand: New Zealand joins call for access to social media encrypted data

Radio New Zealand: New Zealand joins call for access to social media encrypted data. “Andrew Little, Justice Minister and minister responsible for this country’s intelligence agencies, issued the statement alongside Five Eyes partners Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as India and Japan. They say they support strong encryption that protects privacy, trade secrets and cyber security, but the technology also poses significant risks to public safety.”

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks. “In a Google Maps update rolled out in July, it concedes a number of driveways and private tracks have been listed in ‘error’, despite not appearing on council or LINZ records. Whangarei farmer James Buckland said he had made many attempts to get his 2 kilometre driveway removed from the app with Google’s Report a Problem tool. He said it was disconcerting not knowing who might be up the back of his property with guns, or bringing dogs near his livestock.”

National Library of New Zealand: Papers Past data has been set free

National Library of New Zealand: Papers Past data has been set free . “Papers Past is the National Library’s fully text searchable website containing over 150 newspapers from New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as magazines, journals and government reports. As a result of the data being released, people can now access the data from 78 New Zealand newspapers from the Albertland Gazette to the Victoria Times, all published before 1900. The data itself consists of the METS/ALTO XML files for each issue. The XML files sit in the back of Papers Past and are what allows you to locate keywords within articles.”

Stuff New Zealand: Taranaki man launches world’s largest database of mental health helplines

Stuff New Zealand: Taranaki man launches world’s largest database of mental health helplines. “Live For Tomorrow, founded by Taranaki man Elliot Taylor, offers the world’s largest database of more than 1600 mental health helplines instantly through the charity’s Find A Helpline website.” It looks like the new database just covers the United States and New Zealand at the moment, but more countries will be added over time.

NewsHub: Social media scams: Kiwis duped by fake Facebook pages posing as legitimate tech companies

NewsHub NZ: Social media scams: Kiwis duped by fake Facebook pages posing as legitimate tech companies. “New Zealanders are urged to exercise caution online after a number of Kiwis were duped by fraudulent Facebook pages set up by offshore scammers. New Zealand Police and the social media giant are warning the public to remain vigilant after authorities received ‘multiple reports’ in relation to a series of Facebook pages posing as authentic companies.”

BBC: Covid pushes New Zealand into worst recession in years

BBC: Covid pushes New Zealand into worst recession in years. “New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades, following strict measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which were widely praised. The country’s GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit. It is New Zealand’s first recession since the global financial crisis and its worst since 1987, when the current system of measurement began.”

Mashable: Facebook and Google probably won’t like this new antitrust agreement

Mashable: Facebook and Google probably won’t like this new antitrust agreement. “The U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. have signed an agreement to share information about competition laws and policies, with a focus on coordinating cases and investigations spanning international borders. Google and Facebook aren’t going to like this.”

Covid 19 coronavirus: Medics testing returnees struggled with poor information, new database to ‘streamline’ process (New Zealand Herald)

New Zealand Herald: Covid 19 coronavirus: Medics testing returnees struggled with poor information, new database to ‘streamline’ process. “Teams swabbing people in quarantine and managed isolation hotels have at times struggled with incorrect information including names, authorities admit – but a new database is expected to streamline the border defence.”

National Library of New Zealand: Introducing the Library Loudhailer

National Library of New Zealand: Introducing the Library Loudhailer . “The first podcast off the rank will be a conversation with Paul Diamond, one of the curators of the Pūkana exhibition (Te Ihi, Te Wehi, Te Wana – Moments in Māori performance) currently on show at the National Library in Wellington until the 30th of July 2020. We talk about developing the exhibition, what Paul learnt about the exhibition process and the joy of working in a team. Among Paul’s whirlwind description of the exhibition, he elaborates on the intricacies and purpose of the traditional Māori carved karetao (wooden puppets), delves into the power of haka, looks at the photography of Māori school pupils by Ans Westra, and grapples with the explosion that is the te reo singing heavy metal band Alien Weaponry.”

BBC: New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

BBC: New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free. “At midnight local time (12:00 GMT), all of New Zealand moved to level one, the lowest of a four-tier alert system. Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, but borders remain closed to foreigners.”

Scoop New Zealand: Canterbury Earthquake Resources Find A Permanent Home

Scoop New Zealand: Canterbury Earthquake Resources Find A Permanent Home. “Lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes will be shared widely and preserved for the future when a collection of reports and information moves to a new digital home. The Government’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Learning and Legacy Programme – which collected over 200 online items – is being transferred to the University of Canterbury’s CEISMIC – Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive.”

New Zealand Herald: Covid-19 scientist Siouxsie Wiles reveals appalling social media abuse

New Zealand Herald: Covid-19 scientist Siouxsie Wiles reveals appalling social media abuse. “Infectious diseases expert Siouxsie Wiles has spoken out about the appalling online abuse she has suffered in her work. The prominent science communicator, who answered the nation’s Covid-19 questions during lockdown, has revealed dozens of ugly insults and threats she has received on social media aimed at her bright pink hair and her weight.”