“Better data means better decisions, resulting in greater well-being for all New Zealanders.”
We live in an age where our lives can be improved by better use of the data that is collected about us. This is most noticeable where different data sets are able to be integrated, for example in the health sector, where linked datasets between agencies ensure a better level of efficiency, a better understanding of medical history, and ultimately a better level of care. On the other extreme, some would suggest our data is already being collected to monitor us and that “big brother” is watching. Movies like Minority Report raise moral questions around data use, in this case to predict pre-crime activity prior to it happening, but there are less extreme examples where data can be used to unfairly stereotype people if used inappropriately. So what is our willingness to accept data integration and sharing, under what circumstances are we more trusting, and what are the underlying reasons for this? By gauging the level and extent of public concerns around privacy and appropriate use of data, public sector agencies and the Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) unit will be better positioned to anticipate public requirements and respond appropriately.
“THE WSP OPUS RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC ENDORSE THE USE OF INTEGRATED DATA IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR PUBLIC GOOD RESEARCH. AS STEWARDS OF THE DATA, OUR ROLE IS TO MAINTAIN OUR HIGH STANDARDS OF SECURITY AND KEEP THE PUBLIC WELLINFORMED ABOUT HOW THEIR DATA IS USED.” Deb Potter, Statistics New Zealand