Information you supply to us may be used by other government agencies to allow more effective verification of information and help assess your eligibility for various services. Information matching is carried out under the authority of and consistent with Part 10 of the Privacy Act 1993 and is monitored by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment helps New Zealanders achieve high-quality working lives in thriving and inclusive communities through information, services and support for workplaces and communities. The immigration function of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment contributes to this by increasing the economic and social framework of New Zealand through immigration.
However in doing this the rights of New Zealand citizens and persons already resident in New Zealand must be protected. Parliament has authorised limited access to certain government departments in order to provide better services to prospective immigrants and New Zealand citizens.
Information matching is the comparison of personal information held in one set of records with personal information held in another set of records for the purpose of producing or verifying information about an individual. Information matching can only be performed where it has been authorised by statute and conforms to privacy legislation.Why is information matching taking place?
Information matching can be done for a number of reasons, such as making it simpler to deal with government agencies or reducing overall costs to taxpayers. Information matching may also help to tidy up government databases (for example, by identifying duplicates and reducing fraud).
The following agencies are authorised to match information with us:
Agencies involved in information matching will only have access to the information they are legally entitled to. The Privacy Commissioner reviews the setting up of our programmes and monitors their operation.
You can lodge a formal complaint with the Privacy Commissioner.
For more general information about privacy issues please contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner 0800 803 909 or www.privacy.org.nz.