Give people the specifics on data-sharing, Data Futures Forum advises

The key to winning the public's trust over data-sharing lies in explaining exactly why information is being shared and who will benefit, a major study suggests.

Prime Minister Bill English is pushing public sector agencies to take a "social investment" approach to their work, one aspect of which involves gathering more information about the long-term impact of government interventions on vulnerable people.

But there was an early set-back in April when the Social Development Ministry was forced to shut down an online portal because of an oversight that could have made personal information held by charities it worked with available to others.

The Data Futures Partnership, which was established by the Government in 2015, surveyed thousands of New Zealanders and also held a series of public meetings across the country to better understand attitudes towards data-sharing.

 

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