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Opinion: Gov’t Database Will Provide Better Services

BIG DATA—NEW ZEALAND

April 18, 2013

A Stuff.co.nz column asserts the government’s plan to merge each agency’s data into one main database is less “Orwellian” than it may have seemed. What the government is considering, according to Tom Pullar-Strecker, is setting up a warehouse for anonymised data where it could then be analysed for insight on ways the government could better provide services. Deputy State Services Commissioner Ryan Orange said, "we could track something across a cohort of people and put dollar values against all the services that have been utilised.” Pullar-Strecker acknowledges the privacy concerns—even with anonymised data—but contends, “that risk seems mainly theoretical.”
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