Digital security settings to address anti-vaccine sentiment in Tertiary and Education

Erika Whittome made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Health should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Erika Whittome

Dear Ministry of Health,
I am requesting information on your digital security team based on the information in the
minutes of the "Covid-19 Vaccine Immunisation Program Steering Group:
dated 7 Sept 2021 (from https://fyi.org.nz/request/15656/respons...).

The minutes dated 7 Sept 2021 say:

Update on school-based vaccinations (Rachel Mackay)
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As of today, we have communicated with the Ministry of Education and Tertiary Institutions that employees are now eligible for priority to be vaccinated.
...there are some difficulties with anti-vaccine sentiment in this environment. The Ministry of Health is meeting with the digital security team to review the security settings.

Would you please share:
1. all the minutes of the subsequent meetings with the digital security team on the above decision to review, and the minutes when any security setting changes were proposed.

2. Any written reviews or current-state documentation of the security settings "before" and "after" states for any changes from Sept-Dec 2021.

3. The records of digital security changes that were made, ie the change control documents or (ICT) tickets to implement these digital security changes. I am requesting the high-level information on what was implemented, the rollback plan for the change or the work ticket etc. Please, no need for network details such as IP addresses, VLANs etc, just any fully qualified domain names which had security changes implemented on them.

4 During this review, were digital security changes implemented for both student and staff VLANS? Or just staff VLANs in the Education and Tertiary sector?

5. Please include any related memos, texts, emails and correspondence etc around the digital security settings review which were to address the reported difficulties with anti-vaccine sentiment in this environment, as reported in the steering group minutes dated 7 Sept 2021. I assume this review would have been ongoing for a number of weeks or months.

Yours faithfully,

Erika Whittome

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Kia ora Erika

 

 

Please find attached a letter from the Ministry of Health regarding your
requests for information.

 

In addition to the requests noted in the letter, the Ministry asks that
you also consider the OIA you’ve recently submitted on 9 April 2024. A
copy of which is attached for ease of reference.

 

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward
to your response.

 

 

Ngâ mihi

 

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From: Erika Whittome

Dear OIA Requests,
It is unfortunate that there is no existing documentation or publications relating to the information I request in this OIA. However this does not diminish the importance or the actions of the MoH and the information around their actions spending public money. I will copy and past from the Official Information Act:

The purposes of this Act are, consistently with the principle of the Executive Government’s responsibility to Parliament,—
(a)to increase progressively the availability of official information to the people of New Zealand in order—
(i)to enable their more effective participation in the making and administration of laws and policies; and
(ii)to promote the accountability of Ministers of the Crown and officials,—
and thereby to enhance respect for the law and to promote the good government of New Zealand:
(b) to provide for proper access by each person to official information relating to that person:
(c)to protect official information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the preservation of personal privacy.

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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From: Erika Whittome

Dear OIA Requests,

It has come to my attention that information shall be received and imparted without interference which is Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the UN:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes
freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. "

Is NZ still a part of the UN?

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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Kia ora Erika,

 

Please find attached the transfer of your request for official
information.

 

Ngā mihi 

  

 

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Kia ora Erika

Thank you for your request for official information, transferred to Health
New Zealand I Te Whatu Ora from the Ministry of Health on 9 May 2024 for: 
 “1. all the minutes of the subsequent meetings with the digital security
team on the above decision to review, and the minutes when any security
setting changes were proposed.
2. Any written reviews or current-state documentation of the security
settings "before" and "after" states for any changes from Sept-Dec 2021.
3. The records of digital security changes that were made, ie the change
control documents or (ICT) tickets to implement these digital security
changes. I am requesting the high-level information on what was
implemented, the rollback plan for the change or the work ticket etc.
Please, no need for network details such as IP addresses, VLANs etc, just
any fully qualified domain names which had security changes implemented on
them.
4 During this review, were digital security changes implemented for both
student and staff VLANS? Or just staff VLANs in the Education and Tertiary
sector?
5. Please include any related memos, texts, emails and correspondence etc
around the digital security settings review which were to address the
reported difficulties with anti-vaccine sentiment in this environment, as
reported in the steering group minutes dated 7 Sept 2021. I assume this
review would have been ongoing for a number of weeks or months."
Prior to the establishment of Health NZ in July 2022, this function was
held by Ministry of Health. We have completed an extensive search;
however, we have not been able to locate the 7 September 2021 minutes you
refer to in your request. In order to provide you with the information
requested, could you please clarify if these are in fact the particular
minutes you are referring to or please provide us with a link to these
minutes so we can provide you a response. 

If you could please provide a copy of the minutes or your clarification by
close of business 24 May 2024.  If we do not hear back from you we will
have to make a decision based on your original request. 

We look forward to receiving your response. 

Ngā mihi nui,
 
Hannah
Government Services
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Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora
 
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From: Erika Whittome

Dear Hannah,
Another OIA publishes these minutes https://fyi.org.nz/request/15656 .

I supplied the link for the minutes "Covid-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programe Steering Group " dated 7 Sept 2021 in my original request for information. I will copy and paste this link again for you:

https://fyi.org.nz/request/15656/respons...

The minutes from 7 Sept 2021 begin on page 158, and I referenced page 161 in my request for information.

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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Kia ora Erika,
 
Thank you for your request for information, please find attached our
response to your request.
 
If you have any questions, please get in touch at
[1][email address].
 
If you are not happy with this response, you have the right to make a
complaint to the Ombudsman. Information about how to do this is available
at [2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or by phoning 0800 802 602.
 
Ngā mihi, 
 
Hannah 
Government Services (OIA)
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Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora
 
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From: Erika Whittome

Dear Health New Zealand,
Page 161 of the minutes is from Rachel Mackay. According to LinkedIn, she still works for you and I will copy and paste from there:
Rachel Mackay,
Strategic Advisor, Prevention, National Public Health Service, Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora, New Zealand

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora

Your response is that the information can't be found. Have you asked Rachel Mackay about this information and who still works for Health New Zealand?

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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From: Erika Whittome

Dear hnzOIA,
I have lodged a complaint with the ombudsman

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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Kia ora Erika,
 
Thank you for your follow up email. Apologies for our delay in providing a
response to you.
 
Health NZ can advise when preparing a response to your request,
HNZ00043524, we consulted extensively with multiple business units as well
as relevant members of the then COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation
Programme Steering Group who still work within Health NZ. Unfortunately,
despite our best efforts no information was found. 
 
As you have advised, you are aware you have the right to make a complaint
to the Ombudsman. Information about how to do this is available
at [1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or by phoning 0800 802 602.
 
Ngā mihi, 
 
Hannah 
Government Services (OIA)
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Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora
 
 
 

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From: Erika Whittome

Dear hnzOIA,
Did you ask Rachael Mackay? I mentioned in my previous update that She still works there and has even answered a previous OIA to me. Kindly confirm if you have requested the information from her , please.

Have you looked for correspondence from Rachel Mackay and her staff to N4L? N4L is the crown owned entity who run school intranets and block sites. For example, the site nzdsos.com is currently blocked by N4L under a category called “Advocacy Services”.

Yours sincerely,

Erika Whittome

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