Temporary reprieve for sexual violence services on individual client level data
Thu 16 Mar 2017
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has advised that specialist sexual violence services will be exempt from collecting and providing individual ...
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has advised that specialist sexual violence services will be exempt from collecting and providing individual client level data (ICLD) for at least 12 months.
This is to allow time for the Ministry to look at what needs to be in place to collect and securely store this information.
In an email to providers, MSD advised:
We are aware of concerns from providers delivering specialist sexual violence services about the Ministry’s intention to request providers to collect individual client level data (ICLD) from 1 July 2017.
As part of our on-going work with you to co-develop and implement new sexual violence services we will work with you to look at what needs to be in place to collect and securely store what we know is sensitive information.
We are also aware that there are specific and additional considerations that need to be worked through in respect to collecting this level of information from someone who is accessing a sexual violence service.
Providers of specialist sexual violence services will therefore be exempt from collecting and providing ICLD for at least 12 months to allow time for this further work to happen.
The Minister has asked for this exemption, and asked the Ministry to report back outlining how we propose to safely and securely collect ICLD from providers of specialist sexual violence services.
If there are any questions, or you would like further information, please email: CI_Sexual_Violence_Services@msd.govt.nz
Today's public meeting outside Parliament at 1pm is still proceeding.
Radio NZ's Nine to Noon programme continued their coverage of the issue, interviewing Brenda Pilott from ComVoice about the announcement today. Ms Pilott said she was pleased to see some response from MSD but this now needed to be extended to all services. She said she had not yet received a response to her letter to the Minister and Prime Minister and would be writing to them again.
Information on ICLD is available on the MSD website.
See these previous NZFVC news stories:
Concerns and public meeting on NGOs and provision of individual client level data
Privacy Commissioner surveying NGOs on requirement for individual client level data
ComVoices paper highlights issues with govt requiring individual client level data
MSD to require individual client level data from community agencies
Concerns for security of shared information after reprieve for sexual violence victims, Stuff, 19.03.2017
Government continues work on integrated data and "social investment"
Research project investigates people’s views of data linkage
Community organisations fear losing time, by providing personal details, Stuff, 28.03.2017
Editorial: Social agencies remain concerned about data sharing, The Press, 25.03.2017
Women's Refuge: Govt's data-for-funding proposal 'puts lives at risk', Newshub, 21.03.2017
Govt facing harsh criticism for not ditching 'disgusting' demand, Newstalk ZB, 17.03.2017
Sexual Violence and Personal Information, Press release: Rape Crisis, Scoop, 16.03.2017
Gov should defer collecting personal data for social services, Press release: ComVoices, Scoop, 16.03.2017
Women's Refuge takes a stand against data collection policy, The Timaru Herald, 16.03.2017
Govt urged to extend data-for-funding reprieve, Radio NZ, 16.03.2017
Sexual violence organisations will not be forced to provide client details to Government, OneNews, 16.03.2017