New privacy role in public sector

Updated at 8:56 pm on 19 November 2013

A new role is being created in the public service to provide advice and leadership to government departments on privacy matters.

The Earthquake Commission and Accident Compensation Corporation are two examples of agencies that have had privacy breaches in the past two years.

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Tuesday there will be a stronger focus on privacy and security across government with the creation of a chief privacy officer.

He said it is important New Zealanders have confidence in government agencies to do all they can to ensure personal information is kept safe.

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