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Privacy statements for websites

Telling website visitors how your organisation collects and uses personal information is good practice and the law.

What is a privacy statement

A privacy statement tells people how you will be collecting, using and disclosing their information.

The Privacy Act 2020 requires New Zealand organisations to be transparent about how, when, and why they collect personal information.

Privacy Act 2020

Comply with the Web Usability Standard

The privacy requirements in the New Zealand Government Web Usability Standard reflect a combination of the Privacy Act 2020 and accepted best practice that should be considered when creating privacy statements on public facing sites.

Privacy requirements in the Web Usability Standard

Write a privacy statement

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner developed Priv-o-matic, a tool to create basic privacy statements. It is ideal for small to medium sized organisations.

Generate a privacy statement — Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Other information to include

An organisation may also choose to add targeted messages to the privacy statement for specific contexts, such as when the website collects a user's information submitted in an online form.

Example privacy policy

Utility links and page information

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