3 Feb 2020

Click to consent: Why privacy policies need an overhaul

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 3 February 2020
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Photo: Office of the Privacy Commissioner/123RF

When was the last time you read the privacy policy of a service you signed up to? An Auckland shopping mall has been requiring customers to hand over detailed information - including name, email address, car number plate, payment method and their location - before allowing them two hours of free parking. And if customers take advantage of the free wifi on offer within the new Westfield Newmarket mall, the company that runs the mall, Scentre Group, says it will collect information that includes your name, email and age if provided, your location, your web browser, your device ID number, how long you browsed for and what websites you visited. Kathryn is joined by Privacy Commissioner John Edwards for a look at how privacy policies could be made more user-friendly, and what improvements to privacy protection might be included in the new Privacy Bill going through Parliament.