New Zealanders need confidence that their privacy is not breached, and their safety and wellbeing is not compromised when dealing with government and organisations within the social sector.
There are a wide range of laws, guidelines and codes of practice that inform how and when personal information is collected, used and shared in the social sector. They can be hard to navigate which can cause confusion about what is and isn’t appropriate with respect to using peoples’ personal information.
Between May and September 2018 we met and listened to New Zealanders to find out what they think needs to be included in the Policy.
We held 83 hui and more than 1000 people participated in the engagement process, including service users (for example, youth and people who use mental health services) non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government agencies that provide social services.
We have published the findings of the engagement in a report titled ‘What you told us'.
The findings of the engagement on the protection and use of data have confirmed the major areas set out for the policy to address as appropriate. We’re using the findings to ensure that we develop a draft policy that addresses a range of concerns, is practical and applicable to a diverse sector.
The Policy is being developed to address each of the topics identified during the engagement.
The scope of the policy is to:
The Policy will be a combination of principles and guidelines. It will be supported by a ‘toolkit’ which will be developed over time, to support and enable the social sector to easily understand what‘s appropriate and how to safely work with personal information.
Further information about the Policy is included in the FAQs page.
Here are the key steps in the process to develop the Data Protection and Use Policy.
|Early 2018||Design of the engagement process|
|May – Sep 2018||Engagement phase (Your voice, your data, your say)|
|Oct – Nov 2018||Collaborative policy design – sector representatives|
|Nov 2018||Findings published|
|Jan - Jun 2019||Refinement of draft Policy|
|Jul - Aug 2019||Targeted engagement – the Policy and implementation options|
|Sep Onwards||Implementation planning|
|Late 2019||Data Protection and Use Policy presented to Cabinet*|
*Subject to confirmation
We’ve provided some FAQs on the Policy to help people understand more about the topics we are talking about. They also define some terms to help people better understand the conversation.
If you have any other questions, please to email us.