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Information sharing recommendations

By Steven | May 4, 2011

New Zealand’s laws setting out what information government agencies are able to share with each other is a bit chaotic. In the Brown case, the judge noted with alarm that the Department of Corrections had cited the Privacy Act for its refusal to share information about a recently released convicted pedophile with Police in the locality he’d moved into. Apparently, this has been sorted, but similar issues crop up all the time. The Law Commission has come up with what look to me like a sensible set of recommendations for dealing with government information-sharing. Essentially, they suggest a process for developing approved sharing programmes  through Orders in Council, against a set of criteria requiring necessity, transparency, and safeguards.

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