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Privacy for agencies

Approved information sharing agreements (AISAs) are an enabling tool that allows government agencies to provide efficient and effective public services. An AISA can do this by allowing agencies to collaborate and share information without intruding on individuals' rights or exposing agencies to legal risk.

Read our AISA guidance, or try our online module on AISAs.

AISAs are listed in Schedule 2A of the Privacy Act.

The Privacy Commissioner may prepare and publish a report on an approved information sharing agreement under s.96P of the Privacy Act.

The Privacy Commissioner may also review the operation of an AISA 12 months after the Order in Council approving the agreement is made. A report about the findings of the review may be provided to the relevant Minister if the Commissioner believes that the agreement is failing in any manner outlined in s.96X.

1.  Information sharing agreement between Inland Revenue and the Department of Internal Affairs

This agreement authorises the disclosure of passport information to Inland Revenue to enable it to make contact with overseas based student loan borrowers and liable parents who are in default of their obligations.

The April 2014 reporting notice issued by the Privacy Commissioner under s96S(1)(b) of the Privacy Act was amended in November 2015.  The reporting notice formalises the reporting requirements for this agreement.

A report by the Commissioner to the Minister of Revenue under s.96P of the Privacy Act in relation to the approval of the information sharing agreement between Inland Revenue and the Department of Internal Affairs for the supply of passport contact information (September 2013).

Report on amendment to information sharing agreement between Department of Internal Affairs and Inland Revenue: passport contact information.  Report by the Commissioner to the Minister of Revenue under s.96P of the Privacy Act (July 2014). 

2.  Information sharing agreement between Inland Revenue and New Zealand Police

This agreement authorises the disclosure of information to New Zealand Police to assist Police to deliver the public service of reducing the rate of serious criminal offending in New Zealand.  

The August 2014 reporting notice issued by the Privacy Commissioner under s96S(1)(b) of the Privacy Act was amended in January 2016.  The reporting notice formalises the reporting requirements for this agreement.

A report by the Commissioner to the Minister of Revenue under s.96P of the Privacy Act in relation to the approval of the information sharing agreement between Inland Revenue and Police for the supply of information supporting the prevention, detection, investigation or providing evidence of a serious crime (June 2014). 

3.  Information sharing agreement for improving public services to vulnerable children

This agreement authorises the disclosure of information between the parties to identify vulnerable children, assess their needs and inform the appropriate service response.

The November 2015 reporting notice issued by the Privacy Commissioner under s96S(1)(b) of the Privacy Act formalises the reporting requirements for this agreement.

A report by the Commissioner to the Minister of Social Development under s.96P of the Privacy Act in relation to the approval of the information sharing agreement between the Ministries of Social Development, Justice, Health, and Education, and the New Zealand Police for improving public services to vulnerable children (August 2015).

4.  Information sharing agreement supporting research using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) at Statistics New Zealand

This agreement authorises the sharing of 'Permitted information' with Statistics New Zealand helping inform solutions to solve social issues affecting New Zealanders.  

The August 2017 reporting notice issued by the Privacy Commissioner under s96P of the Privacy Act formalises the reporting agreements for this agreement.

A report by the Commissioner to the Minister of Justice under s.96P of the Privacy Act in relation to the approval of the information sharing agreement between the Ministry of Justice and Statistics New Zealand supporting research using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) (August 2017).