Data Futures Partnership Releases Guidelines for Trusted Data Use

Monday 14 August 2017

Authors: Laura Littlewood and Tania Goatley

​The Data Futures Partnership has released A Path to Social Licence: Guidelines for Trusted Data Use to help organisations build trust around their data use. 

The guidelines are the product of consultations with thousands of New Zealanders to understand how they feel about the sharing of their data, through a series of workshops, hui, and online sessions

They are intended to assist lawful data use and do not affect existing legal requirements. However, a key focus of the guidelines is transparency of data use. Transparency has been a core theme of recent updates to consumer law and we expect it to be a guiding principle of upcoming changes to the Privacy Act. 

The guidelines list the eight questions that the Data Futures Partnership concluded matter most to New Zealanders, with guidance on how to answer those questions in a manner that is best suited to building trust.

A copy of the guidelines is available here.

The Data Futures Partnership is an independent ministerial advisory group created to “drive trusted data use and strengthen New Zealand's data ecosystem”. The partnership will work with organisations to test and refine the guidelines over the next three months.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the guidelines or upcoming reform to the Privacy Act, please contact your usual Bell Gully advisor or our privacy and data protection team.


This publication is necessarily brief and general in nature. You should seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters dealt with in this publication.

For more information
  • Laura Littlewood

    Partner Auckland
  • Tania Goatley

    Partner Auckland
  • Rachael Brown

    Partner Wellington
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