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New Zealand Creates Government Chief Privacy Officer Role
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: New Zealand
Created: Nov 26, 2013

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman and Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain announced the creation of a Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO) role as additional support to the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) in leading various initiatives on privacy and security across the government. According to an official statement, the GCPO role will lead an all-of-government approach to privacy and will be responsible for providing leadership, assurance and advice on privacy issues, support to agencies to meet their privacy responsibilities, and co-ordinated engagement with the Privacy Commissioner. The GCIO is leading a two year programme to ensure New Zealanders have trust and confidence that their information is secure by improving information privacy and security practices in government. “Ninety-eight per cent of agencies now have accountability for privacy and security at senior executive level, compared to 21 per cent a year ago. While significant progress has been made, on-going work is required to ensure improvement is system-wide and sustained,” says Tremain. “Maintaining privacy and security for personal information remains a key focus for the Government, and Ministers expect agencies to account for the security and privacy of their data.”
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