November 2021, Articles

Privacy matters – important information for athletes and coaches

HPSNZ is always looking to improve its processes and will soon publish an Athlete Coach Privacy Statement to provide greater clarity and transparency around the information collected and stored by HPSNZ, and how it will be used.

This represents a shift away from the traditional practice of athletes signing a Privacy and Confidentiality Standard when they are first carded.  Instead, the statement will be published online along with FAQs to help athletes and coaches better understand how we handle their personal information – and to ensure that information is always easily accessible.

The change is to ensure HPSNZ is following best practice and continuing to meet its obligations under the Privacy Act 2020.

The Statement will outline:

  • why we collect your information,
  • what kinds of information we collect,
  • how we might use and share it,
  • how we store and protect it,
  • your rights to access, correct and control it, and
  • what you can do if you have concerns about us collecting, using or sharing certain sensitive information.

It is especially relevant to all athletes and coaches who access HPSNZ’s services.

“We know it’s important for athletes and coaches to understand what information we collect and how we use and share it, says Chris Rawlings, HPSNZ Privacy Officer.

“We’re continuously improving our privacy practices and the online Privacy Statement is designed to provide greater transparency. We want to provide the best support we can to high performance athletes and coaches, including how we manage their personal information.”

We will provide more detail over email soon, which will include an opportunity for a drop-in online session before the end of the year, where we can answer any questions you may have.