[IN CONFIDENCE RELEASE EXTERNAL]
2 September 2021
[FYI request #16357 email]
Dear Mr Chipping
Thank you for your request of 9 August 2021, made under the Official Information Act 1982
(OIA). You requested:
1. Has your agency contracted work to Research New Zealand in the last five years?
• If so, did you provide private information or data on individuals to Research
If so, what agreements did you make with Research New Zealand regarding
privacy and data retention?
2. Have you been notified of any data breaches, security issues, or privacy issues with
Research New Zealand?
Question 1: If Inland Revenue has contracted work to Research New Zealand in the
last five years
At the date of your request (9 August 2021), Inland Revenue had not had a contract with
Research New Zealand (Research NZ) in the last five years.
However, since your request was made, we have signed a contract with Research NZ. The
contract requires Research NZ staff to keep confidential information secure and protected. In
addition, Research NZ staff will be required to sign certificates of confidentiality under the Tax
Administration Act 1994 (TAA). The TAA imposes statutory obligations on those who sign it to
keep sensitive revenue information (including personal information) confidential.
The contract requires Research NZ to return all confidential information or destroy it within
five days of the end of the contract period. Inland Revenue will retain, archive or destroy the
information according to the terms of our retention and disposal schedule. That schedule has
been approved by the Chief Archivist pursuant to the terms of the Public Records Act 2005.
Question 2: If Inland Revenue is aware of any data, security or privacy issues
We are not aware of any data breaches, security issues or privacy issues with Research NZ.
Thank you for your request.
Group Lead, Customer Insight and Evaluation