Government agencies collect a wide range of information to carry out their responsibilities.

This information falls into 2 main categories:

  • information necessary to deliver functions and services to the people in New Zealand and businesses
  • information needed to give effect to the responsibilities agencies have to protect people, information and places, to ensure regulatory compliance, and to detect and prevent crime.

These model standards provide a set of expectations for the second category of information. When agencies gather information for regulatory compliance and law enforcement purposes, they’re exercising the powers of the State. It’s important that agencies act in accordance with this authority, and in line with what the public generally expects and considers reasonable.

Agencies should use these model standards when establishing or reviewing their policies and practices in this area.

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Related files

Information gathering and public trust model standards(PDF, 365 KB)