Information on privacy and data for Smart Homes Project

Ms Dudley made this Official Information request to Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Ms Dudley

Tēnā koutou,

Kāinga Ora ran a pilot on smart homes, and has released a tender to extend that pilot.

https://www.gets.govt.nz/HNZC/ExternalTe...

The pilot put sensors into Housing New Zealand homes in Palmerston North and Hutt Valley, to track temperature, carbon dioxide, and relative humidity. The pilot extension proposes to add those sensors along with measurements of power consumption and external conditions.

Please provide the following:

1. Any responses to the RFI linked above.
2. Any Privacy impact assessments for the pilot, or the extended rollout of the Smart Homes Project, or for the Smart Homes Project itself.
3. Any analysis or assessment of how this may impact housing tenant’s other benefits or housing stability.
4. Any information pertaining to plans for sharing this data with other agencies, such as plans to add this data to the Stats NZ IDI, including all communications about potential data sharing with other agencies.
5. Any information outlining how consent is obtained from residents of homes in the pilot and extended rollout for adding sensors to homes, and gathering and storing data obtained from sensors, including the consent form, and how many homes in the pilot received and returned the consent form.
6. Any information outlining potential penalties or negative outcomes imposed on people who refuse sensors, including but not limited to how this impacts improvements to their Housing New Zealand homes.
7. Any information about ownership of the data collected.
8. Any information pertaining to the sharing, use, or potential use of data from the following sensor types: temperature, humidity, CO2, light, motion detectors, power use monitors.
9. Any information pertaining to how sensors are connected to the Internet to transmit information, including whether that Internet connection is available to household tenants.

Please also explain any relevant caveats that should be kept in mind when analysing this information.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format.

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

Ngā mihi,
Nat Dudley

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From: Ms Dudley

Kia ora,

I wanted to send a reminder regarding this OIA request as I haven't received any acknowledgement and the OIA deadline is the 19th of December.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Dudley

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From: Kainga Ora Correspondence
Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities


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Dear Ms Dudley

 

Please find attached a response from the  Manager of the Kāinga Ora
Government Relations team to your Official Information Request of 21
November 2019 regarding the Smart Homes Project.

                                                                      

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

This is a bizarre response. Kāinga Ora has simply not answered some of these questions, though they have also not given any reason (as required under the OIA) for not providing the requested information. There's clear grounds for a complaint to the Ombudsman.

Thanks Nat for pointing out to me elsewhere that some documents that clearly fell within the scope of this request but were somehow absent from Kāinga Ora's response, such as the informed consent form and the Privacy Impact Assessment, have been released elsewhere (though unfortunately Kāinga Ora has chosen to release them in an inaccessible format): https://fyi.org.nz/request/10361-privacy...

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