Policy scope

Personal data and information, even once aggregated or de-identified so that no individual can be identified, will often be seen as an inseparable part of people, whānau, iwi and communities, their experiences and their lives. Some people during the engagement considered it to be taonga.

The Policy provides advice that relates to personal information and to non-personal information. The various parts of this Policy make it clear when advice applies to personal information, non-personal information, or to both.

This Policy uses the following definitions:

Non-personal information is information that does not identify people and that can't be used, even if combined with other information, to identify individual people.

Personal information is information about an identifiable individual, including information relating to a death that is maintained by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.