The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today urged vigilance by State servants in the handling of private information held by State sector agencies.  

Mr Rennie was commenting on the release this afternoon of the Independent Review of ACC Privacy and Security of Information which found that there were serious systemic failures in the handling of information the Corporation held on private individuals.  

“The Commission is currently assessing the findings of the Report but there is no doubt that it is a dramatic reminder of the need for all government agencies to treat private information with the upmost care and respect,” Mr Rennie said.

“To this end, I am considering requesting that State sector chief executives review their systems for handling private information.  Any stocktake would initially be targeted on areas of greatest potential risk,” said Mr Rennie.  

“I will be working closely with the Privacy Commission on the design and management of this work, “Mr Rennie said.  

Mr Rennie said that although there were good practice examples in the public sector, there was no room for complacency.

“New Zealanders have a high level of confidence in the trustworthiness of State servants,” said Mr Rennie.  

“A loss of confidence in State sector agencies’ ability to handle private information with appropriate care would risk undermining overall trust in State servants.  That is why I am treating the findings of this report very seriously,” Mr Rennie said.  

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