This Policy describes what ‘doing the right thing’ looks like when collecting or using people’s data and information. It helps people understand how their information might be used, what rights and choices they have, and how to use those rights. It talks about the importance of working with others who are part of, or work with, the communities data comes from.

The social sector includes government agencies, non-government organisations and others working in: welfare, health, education, justice, housing, child wellbeing, disability support services, and the inter-related topics in these areas. Organisations across this sector built this Policy together. You can download the full Policy PDF file here.

Get started using the Policy with the Toolkit links below, or if you want more background, try the About page.

  • Learn: tools to understand what the Policy says and why
  • Plan: tools to help you plan the use of the Policy in your organisation
  • Use: tools to make it easy to apply the Policy in your work

The Policy was endorsed by Cabinet in November 2019 for use in the social sector, and the implementation work is currently being led by 5 foundational government agencies, including the Ministry of Social Development, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, and the Social Wellbeing Agency.