16 Aug 2011

Information sharing bill introduced in Parliament

5:57 pm on 16 August 2011

The Government has introduced a bill to Parliament to improve information sharing between government agencies.

The Privacy Information Sharing Bill is a response to the Law Commission's review of information sharing under the Privacy Act.

Justice Minister Simon Power says the bill aims to improve the rules around the collection, storage and use of personal information, while safeguarding an individual's right to privacy.

He says the bill is being fast-tracked ahead of other privacy reform work because of its potential to help vulnerable people, including children.

Mr Power says information sharing will allow agencies to see all sides of an individual's case rather than just through their own narrow lens.

However, the minister says mandatory reporting for child abuse is being considered as part of the Government's Green Paper on vulnerable children.