John Edwards


Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand

John was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014 for a term of five years. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. For 15 years, he held a warrant as a district inspector for mental health and has also been a district inspector for intellectual disability services.


Contributions by John Edwards

  • An Update on the Privacy Act 2020 from the Privacy Commissioner
    Speaker at Wellington and Auckland KnowledgeNet: 13 May 2021
  • Influencing Privacy as a Priority: A Regulator’s Perspective
    Web Conference Speaker
  • The Privacy Commissioner on the Privacy Act 2020
    Speaker at Auckland KnowledgeNet: 3 December 2020
  • New Zealand Privacy Act 2020... Are you ready?
    Speaker at Virtual Sydney KnowledgeNet: 17 September 2020
  • The Current State of Play of the Privacy Bill
    Speaker at Auckland KnowledgeNet: 26 November 2019
  • Musings of an Outspoken Regulator: A Conversation with the Privacy Commissioner
    Speaker at IAPP ANZ Summit 2019
  • Closing General Session
    Speaker at IAPP ANZ Summit 2019
  • Privacy Act's 25th Anniversary: Changes and challenges of the privacy professional
    The Privacy Advisor
  • Whose Eye is on The Five Eyes? An Intro to International Intel Oversight Bodies
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017