Maori monitoring needed in Data Bill

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Thomas Beagle | Maori monitoring needed in Data Bill

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The Civil Liberties Council wants the government to amend the Data and Statistics Bill to include more control by the Chief Statistician and more control by Maori.

The Civil Liberties Council wants the government to amend the Data and Statistics Bill to include more control by the Chief Statistician and more control by Maori.

The replacement of the Statistics Act 1975 allows Stats NZ to collect and access more data on New Zealanders from other government agencies.

Council President Thomas Beagle says all decisions rest with the Chief Statistician, with no control over what they do or how they do it.

He says there is a vague nod in the bill to consulting Maori on how the data is used, but that is far from proper consideration.

“In a New Zealand context, any oversight that you would have and any type of ethics committee would obviously have to have a strong Maori component, that makes sense, and that’s not there as far as I know,” says Ms. .Beagle.

He says people would be surprised at the level of data already kept on them.


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