Responsibility for policy: In-House Legal Counsel
Approving authority: Vice-Chancellor
Last reviewed: January 2016
Next review date: October 2020
- This policy applies to all staff of the University of Waikato.
- The purpose of this policy is to set out responsibilities with respect to the collection and management of personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.
- The following documents set out further information relevant to this policy:
- Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Related Activities Regulations
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner website
- Privacy Act 1993
- Records Management Policy.
- Staff Code of Conduct
- In this policy, personal information means information about an identifiable individual.
- The collection of personal information by staff of the University is governed by the Privacy Act 1993.
- Staff who wish to collect, update, use, store, disclose or share personal information must adhere to the Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1993, which are set out in the Appendix to this policy.
- Staff who wish to collect, update, use, store, disclose or share personal information must also, where applicable, comply with the regulations relating to the archiving of data and the privacy, storage and use of personal information, that are contained in the University's Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Related Activities Regulations.
- Line managers are responsible for ensuring that all systems, processes and practices in the areas for which they are responsible conform with this policy.
- Any questions (by staff or students) about the interpretation of, or compliance with, the Privacy Act 1993, must be referred to the In-House Legal Counsel.
- Requests for information and complaints of interference with privacy under the Privacy Act 1993 (by staff or students) must be referred to the In-House Legal Counsel.
Responsibility for monitoring compliance
- The In-House Legal Counsel is responsible for monitoring compliance with this policy, and reporting any breaches to the Vice-Chancellor.
- Breaches of this policy may result in disciplinary action under the Staff Code of Conduct.