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Government Plans Centralized Database for Citizens’ Info

BIG DATA—NEW ZEALAND

April 11, 2013

Radio New Zealand is reporting that the government is strongly considering a plan to centralise citizens’ information into one hub, making the information accessible across agencies and private-sector organisations. Deputy State Services Commissioner Ryan Orange says “health, justice, welfare and education authorities have to work together in order to get better outcomes for people,” adding, “Big Data work is not interested in specific individuals and services, and names will be removed and birthdates and geographical details altered.” The Treasury also maintains that only those with the proper authorisation would be allowed to access the hub.
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